There were some notable crashes. Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne fell at Geert Timmer on lap four after Lowes touched bikes with the reigning champ and he crashed and was being assessed at the track side. With Byrne out Ellison was able to take advantage and moved in to the lead. But both Lowes and Byrne are under investigation over the incident.
But seconds before that crash Milwaukee Yamaha’s Tommy Bridewell made a move on Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Noriyuki Haga and unfortunately lost the front end and gathered the former World Superbike veteran with him at Mandeveen, ending their chances of a podium finish.
Byrne was not the only title fighter to fall, Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes crashed while in third on lap nine at the Geert Timmer chicane. The Aussie was locked in a battle with team-mate PJ Jacobsen for the final podium spot but his race ambitions ended in the gravel.
After the crash involving Byrne - Ellison was at the sharp end, but Lowes was never far behind and neither was the diminutive figure of Jacobsen. But on lap sixteen the leading duo progressed on ahead. The New Yorker was six seconds adrift but still crossed the line in third, and in doing so secured his first BSB podium of the year. With three laps to go Lowes closed in on Ellison and made his move at the Geert Timmer chicane and from then on the Lincolnshire rider led till his Honda crossed the finishing line.
Title fighter and Lowes’ team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari finished in fourth, followed by battling Buildbase BMW team-mate’s Jon Kirkham and James Westmoreland. The taller of the two riders just had the edge over his Showdown colleague ending the day in fifth.
Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s Chris Walker was involved in a fight for seventh with GBmoto’s Peter Hickman which went down to the wire, but the more experienced racer pipped Hickman to the post. Bathams Honda’s Danny De Boer and GBmoto’s Dan Linfoot rounded off the top ten.
There were a few riders who experienced technical problems in the final race of the day at the Dutch circuit. Padgett’s Jakub Smrz entered the pits and so did Riders BMW’s Martin Jessopp. Two Wheel Racing’s Jenny Tinmouth retired after her warm up lap with a technical problem.
Rapido Sport Racing’s Matteo Baiocco saw the black and orange flags as smoke was coming out of his machine, and had to pull over to the side of the track while he was in eleventh place. Doodson Motorsports Robbin Harms had his second crash of the weekend, this time it was at Stekkenwal on lap nine.
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