VIDEO: Alex Lowes pipped by Shane Byrne in photo finish at Silverstone
Alex Lowes was beaten in an astonishing photo finish by Shane Byrne as the race for the British Superbike title took another dramatic twist at Silverstone yesterday.
By winning race one, Lincoln rider Lowes took the championship lead from long-time series leader Byrne, who finished second.
He then looked well placed to complete the double on his Samsung Honda following yet another titanic scrap with the three-time BSB champion.
Lowes even led out of the last corner on the final lap, but the wily Byrne somehow managed to power his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki over the line first by a matter of inches.
The victory margin of just 12 thousandths of a second was one of the closest in bike racing history.
Byrne’s victory saw him reclaim the lead in the standings by just one point ahead of the three-race season finale at Brands Hatch later this month.
Meanwhile, in the National Superstock 1000 Championship, Skellingthorpe's Lee Jackson finished a superb third on his Buildbase BMW.