Alex Lowes was left deflated after a late fall in Superpole contributed to his worst World Superbike qualifying performance of the year at Magny-Cours.

The Englishman will start Sunday's two races from the middle of the fourth row after a fast fall at turn three in the final minutes of the qualifying session prevented him from bettering his eleventh fastest time.

Having lapped comfortably inside the top six in dry conditions, Lowes acknowledged he has given himself a lot of work to do on race day but was keen to state he will give it everything on Sunday.

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"I've not got much to say as it was my worst qualifying of the season," said the frustrated 25-year old. "I will start 11th on the grid for tomorrow so I've not made it easy for myself. Hopefully the conditions will be better for the races and we can put in a good fight.

"We've had a good weekend so far, so this is disappointing but as always we will be back doing our best and hope to enjoy the races tomorrow."

Team-mate Randy De Puniet's trying season continued as he fell from his GSX-R1000 at the same place as Lowes in the first Superpole session. The fact he was unable to rejoin after the spill meant he slipped to 19th overall.

"Today is the worst weather I have ridden in for a long time, there was no grip and the track was so slippery. I crashed at turn three but I don't really know why. I didn't have a good feeling with the bike from the start of the session and my lap times were slow, Alex crashed as well so it was a session to forget.

"I am hoping for better weather for tomorrow, to make some adjustments during warm up and to enjoy two consistent races and score some good points for my home round."