Alex Lowes has described his first day of World Superbike practice at Assen as 'mega' after putting in a top four performance around the familiar Dutch circuit, despite a crash.

Benefiting from having prior knowledge of Assen from his time in the British Superbike Championship, the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki rider was straight up to speed to go top six in first practice, before rising to fourth in practice two.

Though a crash would force him to end his session early, Lowes was nonetheless delighted with his pace this early in the weekend.

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"I'm happy enough, we did some longer runs and then one shorter today on the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki which felt pretty good, but there is plenty to improve on. It's nice to be at a track that I know, and because of that I can relax a bit and enjoy it a lot more.

"It's been a mega first day and we're not too far away. I'm looking forward to making a couple of changes and also improving myself to adjust where this bike is better on the track compared to what I've been used to in the past."

Team-mate Eugene Laverty, meanwhile, was also in a positive mood after turning in the sixth best time. With the bike performing better at Assen than at Motorland Aragon, the Irishman feels he is contention for a podium challenge at least.

"The first practice we were really strong, not quite as strong in the warmer afternoon practice so we still need to improve. I'm struggling with corner-entry grip but the Suzuki GSX-R has definitely improved a big step compared with Aragon, I'm much happier with the character and I think we can be really strong here and be in contention for the podium."