Sam Lowes bounced back from a disastrous Jerez to qualify inside the top ten at Le Mans, for the first time since the season-opener in Qatar.

Lowes, the reigning World Supersport champion, was pleased to have made progress on his single lap pace and been within four tenths of Jonas Folger's pole position.

Speaking to after the session Lowes said that he was still looking for more performance in qualifying.

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"Today wasn't too bad and qualifying was quite good," commented the Englishman. "I'm happier with tenth which is better than the last few qualifying but I still want to some more. I think that we can do well tomorrow, we worked a lot on old tyres this weekend, and I think we can do a good job. We're still missing something from the bike but we made a good step forward with the grip-it's the first time that I've been here but it seems like a track that the grip isn't the best here. In this class though there's nothing in it, I'm four tenths off pole so that's not too bad."

Finding improvements in as competitive a class as Moto2 is about making incremental progress and it's clear that while Lowes grew accustomed to dominating in WSS that he is adapting to life in the Grand Prix paddock where it will take time to get to the level in Moto2 required to be at the front of the field:

"Today we definitely did better on the new set of tyres but it's still not matching the other guys. I did a 38.6 on my last lap of a race run and then I did a 38.0 in qualifying so we're finding a bit but not enough. I think that we need to work a bit better over the weekend because we always find that we lose time over the weekend. That's a little bit of me and some of the team and we need to start working better together and communicating with each other better. We can improve a lot but it's definitely a lot better than Jerez which was a disaster, once the temperature was hot the bike was horrendous compared to the test."

While Lowes single lap pace has been lacking this year his race craft and consistency has been impressive for a rookie and one of the key areas that he has impressed this year.

Finishing the season opening Qatar Grand Prix in fifth position set the tone for what he can achieve in races and impressive race pace in Texas and Argentina showed that he has the potential to produce strong race performances and a top six finish is his target for tomorrow's outing: