Alex Lowes finished top of the combined timesheets on Friday's free practice sessions and explained his fast pace was down to the new Chang International Circuit suiting his riding style.

The Voltcom Cresent Suzuki rider set the fastest lap of the day with a 1m 34.658s in the afternoon session, with Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea just 0.066s behind him. The leading pair finished the day over six-tenths ahead of the chasing pack and Lowes believes he has an early advantage at the Buriram circuit in Thailand as it matches his physical riding style.

2015 marks the first time World Superbike has race at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand and it acts as a relative unknown for all the teams and riders.

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"Today has been good," Lowes said. "It's always nice to come to a new track, to learn the layout and try to understand the challenges of each corner. I really like the mid-section - you have to be quite physical on the bike which suites my style quite a bit."

Lowes was able to get his Suzuki GSX-R up to speed quickly at the Buriram track and ended the opening session in fifth place.

Returning for the afternoon session, Lowes was continually involved in a battle at the top and with just five minutes remaining he set the fastest lap of the day to claim WSBK's fastest lap time.

"It's been a good day, we've worked hard and I've done a lot of laps, completing two ten-lap runs in the last session," Lowes added. "But it's only Friday and the times are going to get a lot quicker so we'll see what happens."

Lowes is hoping to bounce back from a race weekend to forget at the WSBK season opener in Phillip Island. After topping the final test session in Australia the rider suffered serious technical problems with his Suzuki, meaning he could only manage ninth place finish in race one and had to retire after two laps in race two.

The British rider remains upbeat ahead of the second round and is hoping for a smoother weekend.

"I enjoyed it in Australia even though we didn't get the results we deserved and I'm enjoying it again here," he added.