Alex Lowes ended day one at Phillip Island at the summit of the combined time sheets, but the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki rider says more work is required to be competitive when temperatures begin to rise.

Lowes set the fastest lap of 1m 30.855s early in FP1 but was unable to replicate the time in the afternoon, when a lap in 1m 31.734s placed him fifth in FP2.

The British rider wasn't alone though with only three riders in the top 12 managing to better their pace from the morning, although Lowes feels tyre choice may have cost him some ground in FP2.

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"The timesheets don't tell the full story as we still have some work to do in the hotter temperatures. We were fast this morning on the cold track but it in the hot conditions there are some different requirements to make the lap-time," he said.

"We tried quite a few things this afternoon, we probably also weren't on the right tyre for the conditions and we still did a decent job, so we just need to continue moving along as we are.

"We have started well, the circuit is amazing and my GSX-R is just a weapon to ride around here. I'm happy enough, we'll keep working hard tomorrow and see what it brings - step by step!"

Randy de Puniet was 10th fastest overall on the second of the Crescent Suzukis, just over a second down on Lowes.