Alex Lowes has said that he feels he is riding as well as he has done throughout 2015 as he collected a "solid" top ten finish at Jerez.

Having topped Friday afternoon's FP2 session, Lowes was just unable to breach the top six in the first World Superbike race at Jerez, instead placing seventh, a heartening 15 seconds off race winner Tom Sykes

Lowes' second race wasn't as fortuitous as tyre issues forced him to pit at the close of the third lap. By then he had slipped outside the point scoring positions.

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To add to his problems, the 25-year old was then handed a ride-through penalty as he had not stayed in pit lane the required amount of time when he changed rubber.

Although finishing a frustrating 18th, Lowes posted a succession of 1m 43s laps mid-to-late race, suggesting a top-six finish would have been possible had it not been for his earlier problems.

"Overall a slightly disappointing day but we had a solid seventh in race one," said the Englishman. "We made the bike better for race two and had really good pace, but unfortunately we had an issue with the tyre at the start, which if it wasn't for this, we could have had an even stronger second race.

"I'm pleased with how I've been riding all weekend, the team have worked hard and I did the best I could for 40 laps, unfortunately we didn't get the results we wanted but we'll look forward to Magny-Cours.

"I feel like I'm riding the best I have all season so my confidence feels good and I'm looking forward to the last two rounds of the year."