Crescent Suzuki's Alex Lowes ended the Jerez test in Spain in sixth place on the unofficial time sheets after making the most of the sunny weather to chalk up 170 laps on the GSX-R1000.

And the World Superbike hopeful, who made his debut in the class in 2014, had a bigger smile than usual on his face after admitting he 'enjoyed every one' of those laps as he builds towards the opening round of the championship at Phillip Island in Australia in February.

Lowes, who clocked the second fastest time on a race tyre in 1m 41.0s before improving to 1m 40.1s on the Pirelli qualifier, said: "I'm really happy with the testing over the past four days. The team is working really well and we did a good job overall with our consistency and speed.

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"I'm working hard to improve my approach to testing and the technical development, and I think we put in a very solid, consistent performance here at Jerez.

"I rode a lot of laps and most importantly I enjoyed every one! I took a decent step on the qualifying tyre but it was still within the target of no mistakes and no risks," he added.

"Huge thanks to all the boys for their efforts and I really can't wait for Phillip Island and race one."

Paul Denning's team worked with suspension provider Ohlins on new front fork and rear shock settings at Jerez and implemented a new engine-brake strategy to improve corner-entry consistency.

The team also further evaluated the new 2015 specification Yoshimura engine and exhaust system, and worked on general balance settings for braking stability and turning to determine the GSX-R's best performance over race distance.

Lowes' new Crescent Suzuki team-mate and series rookie Randy de Puniet was ninth quickest with a best lap in 1m 40.977s.