Lowes ’overjoyed’ as Samsung Honda pick up first victory of 2013 Superbike season

Alex Lowes picked up Samsung Honda's first win of the 2013 season. Photo: John Mushet
Alex Lowes picked up Samsung Honda's first win of the 2013 season. Photo: John Mushet
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Samsung Honda’s Alex Lowes said he was ‘overjoyed’ to give the Louth team their first victory of the 2013 British Superbike season at Oulton Park on Monday.

In glorious sunshire Lowes qualified in pole position for both of the 18 lap races.

With less than a second between Lowes and the championship leader and 2012 champion Shane Byrne, he topped every single session and was the fastest ever on a superbike with the current technical specfications.

In race one Byrne crashed out on the 12th lap and Lowes led James Ellison by 3.3 seconds to claim his first win in this year’s championship.

In race two Lowes finished 3rd 0.9 seconds behind Byrne. With these results Lowes now leads the championship by three points. Afterwards he was glad to get the monkey off his back and was really chuffed to win especially in front of such a large crowd.

His team mate Ryuichi Kiyonari didn’t fair so well. The three times British champion qualified 14th and finished 14th in race one and 12th in race two. He is hoping for better form at the next round at Knockhill in Scotland in June.

Lowes said: “I’m overjoyed to win at this circuit where I have struggled in the past and to move ahead in the standings is fine but this is a long season and I have to stay consistent.

“I had to win here as my twin brother Sam won last week in World Supersport and I cannot have him putting one over me! In the first race I settled into a good rhythm and enjoyed the race.

“The second race was a bit frustrating and the rising track temperature didn’t help, but I am not making excuses.

“Once Shakey gets away he is hard to beat but we had a bit of a dust up at the end which was fun. I am just enjoying battling with him and the rest of them and can’t wait for Knockhill.”

Samsung’s Australian 600 cc supersport rider also competed at Oulton in two races. In what is possible the most competative series at this year’s championship Jason qualified 6th on the grid and finished 8th ten seconds behind the race winner Stuart Easton.

In Monday’s longer 16 lap race he finished a superb 4th just losing out on a podium place to fellow Australian Billy McConnell.