Alex Lowes has vowed to come back 'fitter and stronger' after his much anticipated Voltcom Crescent Suzuki debut at Phillip Island ended with a disappointing race day hampered by injury-induced errors.

Having marked his arrival by unleashing a searing pace in free practice, a costly accident that left Lowes nursing a dislocated ankle ahead of Superpole would go on to prove a determining factor in his frustrating race day.

With the injury occurring on his left foot, Lowes says the subsequent injections to numb the pain would ultimately give him issues changing gear, a difficulty that prompted his crash in race one and go off twice in the second race.

It meant Lowes could manage nothing more than a sole 13th place finish in race two, a disappointing return on a weekend that had otherwise promised much.

"I'm frustrated with today. I tried really hard and don't have a lot to show for it really. The first race crash, and in the second race the run on, on the first lap and then the crash later was all because I was struggling to change gear with my foot.

"I had a numbing injection, lost a bit of feeling and I couldn't change gear so it was hard work! I was riding through the pain, so to just get three points has upset me a bit because we had such good pace all through the test.

Despite the outcome, Lowes remains pleased with his performance as a whole and is confident he can establish himself as a consistent front runner.

"I've never been here before and we were still looking like we could run at the front and challenge for a podium so I'm really disappointed, but I'm going to come back fitter and stronger and we should be ok for Aragon."



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