Imola was another tough weekend for Alex Lowes with the Suzuki rider rewarded with two point scoring finishes but the challenges of adapting the Suzuki to the new electronics package is still a work in progress.

Lowes finished twelfth in race one and tenth in race two while consistently outgunning his teammate, former Grand Prix race winner Randy de Puniet.

Crescent Suzuki team boss, Paul Denning, outlined the difficulty for the team:

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"If a bike has issues with throttle connection, driveability and engine brake control, these issues will be multiplied at Imola due to the very technical layout of the track and that's exactly what happened," said Denning.

"Equally, when the focus is on these fundamental problems, normal chassis setting work takes a back seat and the overall bike performance doesn't progress as it should."

For Lowes the season is continuing to offer up challenges with the adaptation to the new package taking longer than initially expected.

"It's frustrating that we haven't made more improvements but we're that far into it now that we just have to keep going, keep our heads down, work as hard as we can and see if we can go better at Donington," said Lowes.

However a return to Britain next time out gives him some reason for optimism.

"Obviously I will have the advantage that I know the track and I think it will be less critical on the electronics so I'm looking forward to Donington already. You have two choices when things aren't going your way, you either give in or you keep working, keep doing your best, keep trying to improve the bike and see what happens, so that's what we're doing!"