Sam Lowes accepted his pace had simply not been enough to live with the leaders in Sunday's shortened Moto2 race at Aragon, as he eventually stood on the podium for the first time since June.

Fourth fastest in qualifying, Lowes instantly shot to the front of the field after the initial start until a clash between Xavier Simeon and Dominque Aegerter brought out the red flags.

Upon restarting, the 25-year old soon found his rear tyre, that had cooled after the stoppage before coming up to working temperature once more, didn't offer sufficient grip.

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Thus the Englishman, for whom it was recently announced he would be switching to Fausto Gresini's Moto2 outfit in 2016 before graduating to MotoGP as a 'Factory' MotoGP rider the following year, was unable to live with leaders Tito Rabat and Alex Rins.

Still Lowes fourth podium finish of the year - his first since Assen - came as a timely result after suffering misfortune in Silverstone and Misano. "When we stopped and started again when the tyre cooled down and it wasn't the same when it heated up again. It was probably the same for everybody but I know that Rins had a new tyre.

"We didn't have a spare soft tyre because we only had four tyres for the weekend. At the first start I felt really good and I think that without the red flag I could have gone with them but in the second race I didn't have the same pace as those guys and for sure they were faster than me.

"I'm still quite happy though but in the last few laps I just cruised around because I knew that I couldn't catch them. I think that I could have been three seconds off at the end which would have been good so I'm quite happy. We need to keep working and the podium is nice. It's good to go to the next three fly away races feeling strong and having finished on the podium here.

"The DNF at Misano was because of the bike but things just haven't gone our way at times. When luck goes your way it's your year and when it doesn't it's not your year. There's been loads of reasons for that but I think that we've had a solid year and my worst finish was sixth at Silverstone in the rain.

"We've always been in that leading group of five riders every race and that's hard to do in this class. We've had two DNF's, Indy we used a wet setting on a dry track so if you take those mistakes out we'd be there or thereabouts. There's still four races to go so I'm looking forward to them.

"My limit today was just a little bit off Rabat and Rins. In the final third of the race I knew that I couldn't catch them so after about lap eleven I just rode around. In the middle of the race I was still trying hard but I knew that I just didn't have the pace. The bike was never bad but I just didn't have the pace to go with them. I did a 52.6 in qualifying when I was giving it everything and today I did a 53.2 so I've got to be happy."

Looking ahead to the final four races, Lowes insisted he maintains a good working relationship with the Speed Up outfit having announced his plans for 2016, and pinpointed Phillip Island as the circuit he's most looking forward to tackling in the coming weeks.

"It helps to have it [my future] all announced because now inside the team everyone knows what's happening and there's no hard conversations. We all know where I am and where we stand. The next three years should be really exciting and I can't wait for them but I want to finish this year strong and leave this team on a high. I'm looking forward to next year though and trying to fight.

"I've only been to Motegi once but I'm looking forward to getting there and seeing how I feel. Australia is my best track and one that I really expect to be fast at because I love riding there. It's nice to have had the podium here because it means that I can go there on a high. After Misano, where I think we should have been on the podium, it's nice to come here and have a strong race before the flyaway's."