Having made his MotoGP debut at Misano last month, Sam Lowes was back on the Aprilia RS-GP in Austria on Tuesday.

The Englishman, who will be team-mate to Aleix Espargaro in the premier-class next season, joined the majority of the MotoGP grid as they gathered data on the Red Bull Ring ahead of next month's grand prix.

"Really good. We just rode this afternoon to learn the track and try the MotoGP bike again," Lowes said. "The track took a bit of getting used to because there are so many blind corners, but in the end it was really nice.

"The Aprilia is improving all the time and I'm getting more confident every time I ride the bike. I really believe in this project and I'm looking forward to the next test, we'll try to keep improving as well as fighting for the championship in Moto2."

Lowes will start the second half of the Moto2 season, in Austria on August 14th, with a 30-points behind Johann Zarco and five from Alex Rins.

"Now I can come here on the Friday and we shouldn't be in a bad position," Lowes said of the track knowledge.

"There's no such thing as an easy track on a MotoGP bike because it's so fast and so aggressive on the gas. But it shouldn't be too bad on a Moto2 bike and now I already understand where the track goes."

Lowes will not ride during Wednesday's second and final day of testing.

The Aprilia riders did not have timing transponders fitted to their bikes.

By Peter McLaren