The Derby lad set a new lap record in the final MCE British Superbikes qualifying session, and was only rider to lap inside the 2’05 bracket.
Lowes dominated every session this afternoon and was easily able to hold off the charge of Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne.
The current champ had a crash in free practice this morning at Luffield, and it was touch and go as to where the rider would make it out for qualifying. He just scraped into Q3 but was able to pull out a 2’06.278 lap to place him on the front row.
Tyco Suzuki’s PJ Jacobsen completes the front row after he got the better of team-mate Josh Brookes.
The Australian was at the sharp end at the start of the activities but the diminutive American went four tenths of a second faster, and Brookes now heads up row two after a 2’06.770.
Buildbase BMW’s Jon Kirkham and GBmoto’s Peter Hickman had solid rides in qualifying three and join Brookes on row two.
Rapido Sport Racing’s Matteo Baiocco heads up row three, and clinched his best start ever in the British Superbikes.
The Italian shares the row with Milwaukee Yamaha’s Tommy Bridewell and title contender, Buildbase BMW’s James Westmoreland. Padgett’s rider Jakub Smrz rounds off the top ten.
Alex Lowes 2’05.724
Shane Byrne 2’06.278
PJ Jacobsen 2’06.320