Sam Lowes had good fun in bad weather on Friday at the Aragon MotoGP, sliding his Aprilia into seventh place on the timesheets.

That also means provisional direct access to qualifying 2, although the Englishman knows it will be a tough task to keep a top ten position during what is expected to be a dry Saturday morning session.

"When you ride a MotoGP bike in those conditions it's definitely good fun: You've got a lot of power, so you spin the bike a lot," Lowes said. "I love this track so to ride around in any conditions is nice.

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"I'm looking forward to tomorrow in the dry, obviously that's more important, but it's nice to show a little bit [what I can do]. I know it's wet, but it's the same for everyone and it's nice to feel relaxed. We had a good test in Valencia and carried that on to today."

Lowes, who already knows he is leaving Aprilia and returning to Moto2 next season, added:

"I'm starting to find my feet a little bit. I'm relaxed in the garage, on my out laps I feel like it's my bike and I feel quite good. It's taken a bit longer than I wanted and of course it would have been better to get a dry session today, because every track is like a new track on this bike and now I'm going to have FP3 and then straight into qualifying. But I like it here and I think tomorrow can be good.

"Tomorrow I've got to work on a race set-up because without being negative - and to get in the top ten would be great - to me, it's more important to do a long run at the start, understand a MotoGP bike at Aragon and then work forward.

"Because it would be amazing to get into the top ten in FP3, but it's more about trying to get a good set-up for the race and finish in the points."

Lowes was 0.7s behind pace setter Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and 0.3s quicker than team-mate Aleix Espargaro.