A great start in race one saw Alex Lowes running second during the early laps at Jerez, behind Sylvain Guintoli.

However, as the race progressed the Englishman fell back down the order before falling In the second race of the afternoon his difficulties continued before finishing ninth.

Speaking to Crash.net after the race Lowes admitted that feeling comfortable on the bike is still an issue for him and that he is continuing to work hard on developing a setup to improve his feeling on the bike:

"I had some problems in race one and then I really struggled and I crashed even though I felt that I had knocked the pace off quite a bit," admitted Lowes. "Race two was difficult, I didn't get the start right and then I had a battle with Elias which was quite hard work.

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"It was tough today and ninth seems to be where we end up finishing. I had a couple of crashes this weekend and apart from that I've worked quite hard to try and find a comfortable feeling on the bike but we'll keep working hard for the next race."

When asked to assess his performance this weekend Lowes took plenty of encouragement from finishing six seconds behind his Crescent Suzuki team-mate Eugene Laverty:

"You can only ride the bike you have to the best of your ability. Eugene won both races here last year and I finished six seconds behind him at a track that I've never raced at before so I've got to keep it in perspective but it's difficult lining up on the grid and not being at the front every week. But you've got to learn your trade and do your apprenticeship at each level."

Lowes is the reigning British Superbike champion and he also spoke about adapting to racing on the world stage for the first time and how he feels that his season has gone so far:

"It's totally different to BSB but I've enjoyed it. The tracks are great and I feel that I've underperformed a bit and that due to circumstances I haven't fulfilled my potential. At the same time though I've had some good races and shown how fast we can go. I just want to feel a bit more confident so that I can get amongst it at the front like I did in the first race."

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Both Lowes brothers have the same problem.
They need to stop binning the bike with such regularity if they are going to have any chance of progression.