New Gresini Moto2 rider Sam Lowes got his first laps of 2016 under his belt on Saturday at Jerez.

The team's original two-day private test, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, was postponed due to poor weather at the Spanish circuit.

The British star thus completed his first 93 laps of the year on Saturday instead, taking the latest Kalex chassis to a best time of 1m 42.901s, effectively matching the official circuit record.

"It's been an incredibly positive first day of testing: I got back into the rhythm very quickly and was immediately fast, meaning we could start working on the bike in a very effective way," Lowes said.

Once up to speed, the 2017 Aprilia MotoGP rider mainly focussed on suspension set-up.

"We worked on the rear of the bike, mainly looking for grip. Finally, we focused on the suspension, trying new parts provided by Ohlins that allowed us to make a good step. We have already found a good direction to follow with regard to the suspension setting, and tomorrow we will continue to work on this area."

The former World Supersport champion has joined Gresini after spending his first two Grand Prix seasons at Speed Up, claiming his first Moto2 victory on the way to fourth in last year's standings.

The first official Moto2 test of the year will also be held at Jerez, from March 2-4.



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