Alex Lowes believes the tough moments he's currently enduring with the Crescent Suzuki squad will pay dividends later in the season after qualifting a solid eighth in Aragon.

Lowes and team-mate Randy de Puniet have spent the weekend acclimatising to a new electronics package which prevented Lowes from automatically qualifying for Saturday's SP2 session.

The 24-year old managed to make the jump courtesy of a strong showing in SP1 and his final time was good enough for a spot on the middle of the third row. Despite the underwhelming results Lowes is remaining calm and taking the adaption step by step.

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"Today was difficult but we stayed calm. We're working hard and we're improving every time we go out so we've just got to keep working as we are.

I did the best I could with what I had and I will try to do a better job tomorrow. Thanks to the Crescent team as they are all working so hard to get us to where we know we can be - I really feel we have more potential in the long run with this system."

Frenchman de Puniet didn't fare so well as an early morning crash and a catalogue of electronics issues left him floundering in 19th. Engine braking and traction control problems seriously limited his track time but he is hopeful of an overnight solution.

"It was a very difficult day because this morning we struggled again with the electronics," he said. "I had a high-side but I am fine, which is a good point. This afternoon, we continued to have an issue with the engine brake and traction control connection, so we lost the final free practice session and most of the Superpole because of this.

I made a mistake, running wide on my qualifying tyre, and thought I had one more lap to recover but when I crossed the line I saw the chequered flag. When nothing is going well it is a nightmare, but I really hope to do well and have a better feeling tomorrow, get a good start and to score points."