Samsung Honda’s Lowes and Kiyonari gunning for Byrne’s lead as British Superbike Championship moves to Snetterton

Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes. Photo: Jon Jessop photography

Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes. Photo: Jon Jessop photography

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Samsung Honda’s Alex Lowes and his reinvigorated teammate Ryuichi Kiyonari will be gunning for Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne’s British Superbike Championship lead at Snetterton this weekend.

Josh Brookes and Honda’s Alex Lowes are leading the contenders aiming to topple the defending champion with huge crowds expected to flock to the Norfolk circuit.

Byrne has set the standard in the opening rounds but his rivals are determined to break his winning form of the past three races at the high-speed Snetterton circuit, which is a firm favourite with riders and spectators alike since it was transformed at the start of 2011 following a major redevelopment.

Lowes, of Louth-based Samsung Honda, is rallying for his return to the podium after his consecutive run of top three finishes came to an end last time out at Knockhill dropping him to third in the overall standings. The Snetterton circuit has traditionally been one of the strongest rounds on the calendar for the Samsung Honda team and they are hoping to maintain that momentum.

Lowes said: “The Samsung Honda guys have been working hard and we had a positive test at Snetterton which means we are ready to go for the race.

“I made a mistake at Knockhill but we got a fourth place and if that is classed as a bad weekend I will take that, because Knockhill has always been my bogey circuit.

“I feel good and hopefully we can fight for the wins as I want to stop Shakey!”

Ryuichi Kiyonari is the rider who has scored the most wins in Norfolk and the triple champion will be pushing to add to his podium tally after a brace of thirds at Knockhill and Milwaukee Yamaha’s James Ellison will be fighting to make amends after a disappointing last round.