Sam Lowes was left slightly frustrated at being unable to challenge the leaders in Sunday's Moto2 race but was content with 'another solid weekend' and fourth place.

The Englishman opted for the softer option Dunlop tyre for the 26-lap race on which he set his fastest qualifying time. However, come the race it didn't have sufficient grip to close on the leading trio of Thomas Luthi, Esteve Rabat and Johann Zarco in the race.

"We didn't really pick the wrong tyre because the hard tyre was working well for us all weekend," said Lowes, already a grand prix winner in 2015. "I was really fast on it but my qualifying time was on the soft tyre and the Dunlop guys said that the soft would be ok but it didn't have the grip that we needed and it cost us time.

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"I didn't have the confidence in it because it lacked some grip but our pace was good and we were in the leading group. At the end of the day we're there with the top guys and they were able to test last week when we didn't. We did well in qualifying but I made the wrong decision with the tyre. It was unnecessary too because I was fast on the hard.

"In the race the pace was incredible from all of us and pretty much every lap was in the 37's. I was quick when I could turn the bike and pick it up and in the middle of the race I could match them.

"At the start it felt like I had too much grip in the bike on entry but no drive grip so it was just spinning and the other guys were able to just pass me. I gave it my best and we weren't far off so I'm happy."

Looking back on a weekend that saw him equal Alex Rins' pole effort with the exact same time, Lowes believes that he can challenge if he can find a way to up his pace in the early laps.

"This was another solid weekend. I expected to be on the podium and to be able to fight for the win but we didn't quite have the pace in the first five or six laps. With the way that we felt I think that with the hard tyre we could have been right there with those guys because it would have been worth a couple of tenths and that's all it takes in this class.

"We made a mistake but it's hard for me because this is my first year actually being competitive in this class, last year I wasn't close to these guys, so I'm learning so much this year. Obviously I'd like to go to Mugello and win but we need to keep learning and improving."

Lowes' performance sees him climb to fourth in the championship standings, 35 points behind leader Johann Zarco.