Lowes claims BSB pole at Assen

Alex Lowes claimed pole position today at the Assen circuit as the WFR Honda rider set the fastest lap of the British Superbike weekend.

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BSB rider Alex Lowes

Lowes kept Title Fighter rival Michael Laverty in second as light rainfall hampered the final laps of the session, and his time of 1:37.390 saw him top the sheets.

There was disappointment again for Tyco Suzuki's Alastair Seeley, who dropped outside the top 20, while Ian Lowry didn't make the cut for Q2 for the first time this season.

Lowry dropped out after a final improvement from James Westmoreland saw the WFR Honda rider move through into Q2, while Shane Byrne set the pace from Lowes and Josh Brookes.

Byrne then conquered the second session as he maintained the position at the top of the times for the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team, but it was a nerve-wracking final minute for the Samsung Honda and Tyco Suzuki teams as both Laverty and Brookes only moved inside the top 10 on their final flying lap.

In Q3, Lowes headed straight out to set the fastest lap of the weekend ahead of Laverty, while Jakub Smrz scored Splitlath Redmond Racing's first front-row start in third as he edged out Tommy Hill on the leading Swan Yamaha.

Brookes, Scassa and then the two Rapid Solicitors Kawasakis of Byrne and Easton completed row two.

Qualifying results

Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) 1:37.390s

Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +0.181s

Jakub Smrz (Splitlath Redmond Racing) +0.437s

Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +0.528s

Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.705s

Luca Scassa (Padgetts Honda) +0.801s

Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.956s

Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +1.058s

Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +1.068s

Peter Hickman (Buildbase BMW) +1.311s

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