Sam Lowes said watching the Moto2 leaders edge clear of him in Sunday's race was "hard to take" as he brought his Speed Up chassis home for a solid, but, ultimately frustrating sixth place finish.

A day after riding to an all-action pole position, Lowes' lack of time in intermittent conditions aboard the 2015 chassis meant his set-up, which offered "no front grip, no rear grip," didn't allow him to run the pace of the leading six.

The drying track posed a quandary for most riders as the field began on wet tyres. By the third lap Lowes felt slicks would have been appropriate, giving the field problems aboard quickly disintegrating Dunlop wets.

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At the end of an eventful day that saw him fall in morning warm-up, a visibly disappointed Lowes chose to look at the positives from the weekend, namely his pace in free practice and qualifying, in which he placed outside the top two just once.

"All weekend I've been fast and in the full wet this morning, despite the crash, I was quite fast too," said the 24-year old. "If it had stayed wet I'd have been alright but in those conditions I don't have much experience with this bike and these tyres. I couldn't figure out how I ride the bike. I had no front grip, no rear grip.

"If I ran corner speed I lost the rear. If I tried to stop the back I tucked the front but I couldn't get any more out of the bike, I just didn't want to crash. It was hard to take, just watching them ride away from me.

"As much as I'm disappointed, that's the only thing I'm feeling as I don't read too much into those conditions as I know I've done a good job this weekend. If it had been fully wet I'd have been up there but from the first lap I knew I didn't have a chance.

"I was really struggling and it's one of them. I'm gutted it was wet but it was the same for everybody and I wasn't as good as those guys on the day. It's a bit frustrating, but it's the same for everybody and it's funny as in the past I'd have preferred a wet race."

Considering the audible support that welcomed Lowes to the track, he went on to state he felt he had let the crowd down but acknowledged he will get another chance to impress in 2016.

"I feel like I've let everyone down but there will be another British Grand Prix. On the grid it was raining but after three laps I wanted slicks. If I'd known it was going to dry up I'd have gone with slicks but it was really hard to gauge. I would have gambled if it wasn't raining on the grid as I know I don't have a chance in mixed conditions."