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British Superbikes – Lowes disqualified as Ellison wins race two at Assen

James Ellison has been awarded with the victory of the second race of the day at Assen, after the original winner, Alex Lowes, was disqualified.

Lowes was removed from the timesheets following a collision with the championship leader, Shane Byrne.

The collision led to Byrne crashing out of the race at around 120mph.

With the top two riders effectively out of the race, this allowed the American, PJ Jacobsen, to finish in second place and earn his first podium in British Superbikes.

Ryuichi Kiyonari managed to finish on the final step of the podium after a good battle with Jon Kirkham.

Race two was not as successful for Noriyuki Haga, who was taken out of the race by Tommy Bridewell early on.

The start of the race saw both of the Kawasaki riders make a good start, with Byrne taking the lead and Haga getting into second place.

Lowes soon got the better of Haga and moved into second place. The Samsung Honda rider then took the lead a lap later, with a great move at the last chicane.

The next lap was a very chaotic one with two major crashes. The first of these occurred as Bridewell tried to go down the inside of Haga, with the Yamaha rider loosing the front and sliding into the Kawasaki.

Then came the main talking point of the race, with Lowes literally going into the back of Byrne. The collision caused the race leader to crash out of the race at high speed, with Byrne looking quite hurt as marshals helped walk him out of the gravel trap.

James Ellison Milwaukee Yamaha

James Ellison won the second race at Assen

These two crashes brought the safety car out with Ellison now leading the race.

After the re-start, Lowes made his way back into second place by overtaking both of the Suzuki riders and set his sights on Ellison.

Another of the shootout riders then crashed out of the race, with Josh Brookes loosing control of his bike going into the last chicane.

Lowes was catching Ellison quickly and made his move going into the last chicane.

Lowes took the chequered flag but it was Ellison who celebrated with a huge wheelie going over the line, knowing that there was a chance of Lowes being reprimanded for his earlier incident with Byrne.

The disqualification means that Byrne still leads the championship by one point.

BSB Assen Race Two Results:

1.Ellison
2.Jacobsen
3.Kiyonari
4.Kirkham
5.Westmoreland
6.Walker
7.Hickman
8.De.Boer
9.Linfoot
10. Burrell

 

 

 

 

 

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