Alex Lowes says he is 'disappointed' to come away from Misano with only a sole eighth place finish to his name, but was satisfied to have at least 'held his own' against his more experienced rivals.

Tackling the Italian circuit for the first time on the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki, Lowes was running eighth in the first WSBK race when he came off the GSX-R1000, before leading home team-mate Eugene Laverty in the same position for race two.

Frustrated with to miss out on some useful points, Lowes nonetheless says tumbles like that enhance his knowledge of the bike's limits.

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"I'm really disappointed with the first race, I made a mistake but I was riding quite well. In the second race I did my best and got an eighth place, which I can't really be happy with but I worked hard. It's all experience for me, I still need to adjust my riding style for the hot temperatures but it's my first time here on the Superbike and I felt I held my own.

"We still have improvements that we need to make both for me and my understanding of the GSX-R and how to get the best from it but I'm looking forward to Portugal. We had a good test there before the season started so hopefully we can continue to improve and come back fighting at Portimao."