Lowes was locked in a battle with Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne for the entire eighteen lap race earlier this afternoon, and just pipped the reigning champ to the post by one tenth of a second.
Byrne still leads the championship by only a single point and Lowes is confident he can outpace the rest of the pack again, and will start race two from pole after setting a new lap record in the first race of the day, and will try to make it six wins out of six.
“I struggled a little bit with the front tyre, but I feel really sorry for Ellison as his bike broke. But the last three laps is what I live for, win, lose – whatever. I had a massive smile on my face thinking is Byrne going to be there, and that is why I train everyday,” said Lowes, speaking at the circuit.
“To come out on top is great, but it is only race one of the Showdown but I am going to give it everything. If I don’t win this championship it is not without the lack of trying, and if we have another battle like that for race two, then I will be happy."