SUPERBIKES: Lowes quickest for Samsung Honda in final official testing

Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes was quickest on the final day of official testing. Photo: Glen Coombs - FreezeFrame Photography.
Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes was quickest on the final day of official testing. Photo: Glen Coombs - FreezeFrame Photography.
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Samsung Honda’s Alex Lowes was quickest on the final day of official testing on Thursday ahead of the British Superbike Championship season.

The Louth-based Samsung Honda team completed their final day of testing at Snetterton ahead of the opening round of the shampionship at Brands Hatch on April 5/6/7.

Lowes topped the morning session as he maintained his pace from Donington Park, completing 30 laps of the Norfolk circuit with a quickest time of 1:51.407.

Lowes was one of the first riders on track and as the temperature increased he was able to repeat his strong testing performance from Donington Park to remain ahead of his championship rivals.

The Samsung Honda rider clocked his fastest lap of the morning session just before lunchtime as he remained ahead of Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes.

Samsung Honda team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari ended the day in eighth place with a time of 1:52.893, completing 19 laps.

Lowes told www.britishsuperbike.com: “It felt good this morning and it is nice to be back at Snetterton. Yesterday was a bit frustrating that we didn’t get any laps in but I have had my leathers on since 8am and was going to go out today even if it snowed!

“I am happy with the laps we have been able to do this morning, I feel good on the bike and I didn’t want to push too hard because you can easily do something stupid.

“The team have been great and I feel really calm because we have been getting on well and making steps forward.

“I am not worried about the pace, because in these conditions everyone will be off the times we ran at the event but it feels good to be in the position we are.

“The confidence was there and I am really happy.”

Team-mate Kiyonari added: “It has been quite cold but it is important to get laps before the start of the season.

“We have been trying to test some different parts again and it has been hard to compare today, but I think it will make Brands Hatch more interesting!

“We did some laps this morning and also I was very lucky as I nearly crashed with a high-side; it happened very fast and I was off the bike but I landed back on.

“I thought ‘lucky’ and then carried on with some more laps! It has been better to do this today than no laps at all and now we think about Brands Hatch and the first races.”