Samsung Honda’s Alex Lowes fought hard but could not get higher than second on the podium as the British Superbike Championship moved to Brands Hatch at the weekend.
Alex Lowes and Japanese teammate Ryuichi Kiyonari were both hoping to consolidate their championship postions for the Louth team after a successful previous round at Snetterton.
Lowes qualified in second and Kiyo in fourth over the 2.4 miles circuit and Sunday’s races didn’t disapoint in front of a large crowd.
With championship leader Shane Byrne crashing out on lap 12 in race one Lowes raced wheel to wheel with Australian Josh Brookes who crossed the line 0.2 seconds in front of Lowes with Kiyo in third.
Race two was a similar exciting affair with Byrne winning by less than half a second from Yamaha’s James Ellison and Lowes in third and Kiyo in a fine fifth place.
Byrne still leads the championship from Lowes by 21 points with Kiyo in fifth 111 points adrift of the lead.
Meanwhile Louth racer Peter Hickman came away with a brace of 13th places and six championship points to put him 11th in the overall standings.
Hickman qualified 15th and took 13th in race one before finishing in the same position in the second race.
“I really do not know exactly what the problem is with the bike,” said Hicky.
“We tested at Cadwell last week and thought we had resolved the issue but I have been struggling all weekend here at Brands to get a fast lap together.”
The next round is at Oulton Park over the weekend of August 9-11 when there are three races to contest instead of the usual two.