Sam Lowes refused to be too downcast after he fell out of the podium battle in Sunday's Moto2 race at Indianapolis.

The Englishman was suffering with tonsillitis through the weekend but insisted it wasn't having too many negative repercussions on the bike.

Having qualified seventh, Lowes was an early leader as the track had more or less dried before earlier showers of rain when the lights went out. However, such is the nature of the Indianapolis surface, the precipitation lowered grip levels and the Speed Up rider soon found his machine wasn't ideally set-up.

Maintaining a consistent pace despite dropping off the leading group of five mid-race, Lowes was soon able to close in on the podium fight. He gained close to four tenths of a second on the leader on lap 20 but, having just overtaken Thomas Luthi, Lowes lost the front of his machine at turn 15 with just over four laps remaining.

Still, the 2013 World Supersport champion chose to see the positives in what had been another combative display. "Obviously it was a funny one on the grid because it was wet or dries," he said. "Everyone changed to the dries and it was dry in the race. To be honest I think the rain really affected the track for us. I didn't really have a good feeling through the race. This morning I had such a good feeling with the bike and everything. In the race we had big chatter. It was in between the wet and dry setting, which was a mistake. I didn't know that. In the middle of the race it was really hard.

"Then when they started to lose grip I kept the same pace and was coming back to them. When I crashed I didn't really know what happened but I was right there. I thought, 'Right, I can have a podium fight.' It's a bit frustrating really. It was a funny race, a funny day...look at the Moto3 race. When the track lost a little bit of grip because of the rain it affected us a little bit more but when the track is funny we know if affects us a little bit more.

"I had a bit of a coming together with Kallio which was a bit my fault so I apologise to him for that. It was not good but it was close to being really good. It wasn't horrendous. I crashed in the [leading] group and I was really struggling. There are some positives to take."

Asked whether he felt as though he was pushing the limits before he fell, Lowes said, "In the end not too much. In the middle I was struggling. I was losing the front and the back. At the end it looked like they were struggling more than me. I came in and thought, 'Get a good run out of here' and the next minute I was down. It's one of them things and maybe the limit was closer than I thought. The race was slow so the track must have been a bit sketchy.

"We've got a lot of positives. I put myself in a position at the start of the race. We had a few issues and I came away at the end. The worse case scenario [if I'd have stayed on] would have been a fifth or sixth. We might have got a podium out of it. I'm down to fifth in the championship but I'm only 20 points off second. It's quite close between us four. Zarco's is too far in front. We'll have a nice battle for that in the next races and we'll go big."

While the tonsillitis didn't affect him too acutely on the bike, Lowes admitted he was feeling the strain after the race but hopes to be fully fit for Brno in less than a week.

"I got a little bit hot towards the end. I think because it was a hot day. I feel f**ked now but not too bad now. Hopefully I'll be better in Brno."


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