Sam Lowes was more than satisfied with qualifying second for Sunday's Moto2 encounter at Le Mans despite posting the exact same time as pole sitter Alex Rins.

The pair couldn't be separated on the time sheets but Rins got the nod courtesy of his next best time. However, it didn't faze Lowes, who spent much of the weekend setting a fast pace on worn tyres.

"In the first session all the guys were so fast straight away they were 0.3-4 away," he said on Saturday evening. "I thought that it was going to be a hard weekend. Some of the guys did a test last weekend so there are more guys up front. We worked hard on a lot of things. I've been struggling a lot on the front feeling going in between upright to my knee.

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"I tried something at the start of qualifying. It was better in some areas, worse in others. We then put it in the middle and it worked really good so that's good for tomorrow. We need to make a test. With the aluminium swingarm we used it three days in Jerez in funny conditions [in preseason] and we were into the first race. We're learning as we go along which is good because I feel like there's more to come.

"Already we're not far. It would have been nice to have got pole but it was the same lap time so we're there. For the race it depends on the conditions. I was fastest on both tyres. All the other guys made the lap on the hard tyre which probably would have been better. We did it on the soft. I was waiting to use the harder tyre but because it rained I save it a little bit. I'm happy with my time and I'm not saying I would have gone quicker but I might have been able to. We'll save it for tomorrow and we'll be in with a shout."

Having suffered a nightmare with a near terminal tyre problem in Jerez, Lowes believes that the work done throughout the weekend should ensure a better performance in Sunday's race.

"[On Friday] We did long distances not using many tyres at all. It's the first time all year that [I know] I can run what I want tomorrow. We've got two of each left so we've got a tyre and a back up tyre. I've run two on a hard and two on a soft. Whichever one I decide to race I'll be happy with them. I've put one lap time on both today to make sure they were alright and then save them for tomorrow."

The 24-year old went on to explain that tyre choice depends completely on Sunday's track temperature.

"If it's above 25 degrees I'll probably go with the soft. If it's below 25 the hard is probably the safest option. The lap times all weekend have been quicker on the hard but then I did use the soft so we'll have to wait and see.

"I think Rabat has good pace. It's Zarco's home race. Rins is learning all the time. I think also Luthi has looked strong all weekend. Also Salom and Simeon are putting in consistent runs. I think it'll be a close race and I'll definitely be there."