Seventh place at the British Grand Prix, and ten seconds off the race winner, showed the progress being made by Sam Lowes of late but the Englishman was disappointed to have been unable to battle with the lead riders at his home Moto2.

This weekend's San Marino round is a home race for his Speed Up team, however with no new parts Lowes will need to find improvements over the weekend in set-up if he hopes to be able to challenge for the top five.

Speaking to ahead of this weekend's race Lowes summed up his Silverstone performance and his fight to stay close to the pace of the leading group of riders:

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"We've no new parts this weekend so we've just got to try and improve from the last weekend," said Lowes. "Obviously I know this track so I'm hoping that it'll be alright. At Silverstone, I wasn't very happy because I don't like to finish seventh obviously but it's getting better.

"For my home race I wanted more but we just didn't have the pace. We were consistent but when I was at the back of the group I just had to do more than the others to be there and I couldn't keep doing that for the whole race. I didn't want to crash and I wanted to get a finish after a few DNFs. It was alright and it wasn't the worst race of the year but we needed a bit more really."

The Englishman was clearly frustrated after his home Grand Prix and when asked about what he was lacking at Silverstone it was clear just how much of a struggle it was just to try and keep pace with the riders in front of him:

"The turn-in, mid-corner and edge grip. After about five laps I lost a lot of edge grip. I had some but not as much as the other riders. If I was going around on my own I'd have felt alright but they were just getting away from me everywhere."

Having battled with the leading group of riders at the Czech Grand Prix and been in the mix at a couple of races Lowes feels ready to make the step forward in Moto2. However with only the QMMF team also running the Speed Up chassis it is exceptionally difficult for the Italian manufacturer to gather enough data to compete with the Kalex riders at the front of the intermediate class.

When asked what he has seen to be the biggest difference for the leading riders compared to him the reigning World Supersport champion said:

"I picked up a little bit from the lead group, it happens easier for them! I picked up a little bit but we need to be closer and we need to work harder but I know this track. The team have struggled here in the past but I know here and I love Aragon which is next and we tested there and it was good. The next couple of races should be good and I just need to keep improving."