Sam Lowes is hoping a new chassis can bridge the gap to current Moto2 front-runners Johann Zarco and Tito Rabat after putting in a fighting podium finish at Assen.

Slightly frustrated by a run of three consecutive fourth places in France, Italy and Spain, Lowes was inside the top three throughout the Dutch TT weekend and after the race said his Speed Up team are working to have a new chassis ready for the next round.

"The good thing about being on the Speed Up is that we can improve more," said Lowes. "The team are working for a new chassis. Maybe in the Sachsenring. That would be good. Obviously for Indy that could work."

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Asked what he is expecting from the new frame in terms of characteristics Lowes added, "Just a little less stiff chassis let's say."

Currently third in the championship standings, 18 points off Rabat in second, Lowes pinpointed the Speed Up's agility in slower corners as an area on which he wants to work.

"Turning in the slower corners especially, which also means I've got more angle than these guys as I haven't turned as good. Now the grip seems less but I think it's as good when I can pick the bike up like they do.

"The bike wants to go straight quite a lot. Along turn three and the rights at the back of the track, they're just getting tighter than me. it's only a little bit. If we had one and a half tenths a lap in the last few races we would have been right there. It's only little bits at this level but hopefully we can find something."

Looking back at the shortened 16-lap race, Lowes was slightly frustrated at not being closer to the front two but admitted he had no answer for the pace of the first two Kalexes.

Still the fact he finished just 2.08s off the race winner - the closest he has been to first place at the chequered flag since his debut GP triumph in Austin - was another reason to feel buoyed as he heads to the Sachsenring.

"To be honest I wanted to win today. I felt like we had a good pace but I was a little off these guys. Even in qualifying I was a little bit behind. We're the only ones that are there. The other guys were there for a little bit but I was there until the last lap. I think we're doing a good job. We need to improve a little bit. I do too.

"Because all their bikes are the same they work in the same way and they can pass. My bike works better in some areas and worse in others. With this track it seems difficult to pass. I had to work a pass two corners and then just go up the inside. The Kalex has a lot better turning at the minute.

"We're stronger in some areas but the turning is better for them. If I go up the inside I was never stopping my bike. I didn't want to make a stupid mistake and I knew Folger was going to slow down. I struggled to overtake and lost a load of time but once I got a clear track I came back to them and they [Zarco and Rabat] had a bit of a coming together.

"But to be honest they had more pace than me. even if I'd have got there I couldn't do much. They were better than me this weekend so we deserved third. I was the third best guy all weekend. It's better than fourth like the last three races."