Alex Lowes admits he is surprised to have ended the first day of World Superbike Championship testing at Phillip Island atop the timesheets after having 'some issues' through the day.

The Englishman leapt to the front of the field with two minutes of the session remaining, holding his position to the chequered flag to give Suzuki the upper hand on the first of days of official testing around the Australian venue.

However, Lowes - who proved quick out of the box in Phillip Island last year before enduring a difficult race weekend - says he is refusing to look too deeply into the lap times.

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"It's been a difficult day and I'm quite surprised to be fastest" he said. "We've had some issues to work through but the guys have worked really hard and done a fantastic job. We're approaching this year differently to last, as I almost ruined my season before the first race last year by crashing, but this year I'm determined not to do the same again - obviously mistakes can happen but we're working well.

"We've got some good information and feedback from today and I didn't get frustrated when we had problems early on, I kept calm and went quite fast at the end. We've got a lot of work still to do - someone asked my expectations for Sunday, but I'm just looking forward to tomorrow morning, doing my best and then we'll see what happens for the race weekend.

"Big credit to the guys and I really hope Randy is ok (after his crash). Lez (my crew chief from last year) really helped this afternoon when we had some problems and that just shows the team we have this year. We might be one of the smaller factory set ups but we are very strong and I think we are going to do a good