Alex Lowes is confident he has the bike to challenge for ultimate honours in the wet or the dry after qualifying on the second row at Donington Park.

Capitalising on his prior knowledge around the British circuit, Lowes engaged in a two-way battle with Jonathan Rea in the opening stages of Superpole, but would eventually just miss out on the front row in the flurry of final laps.

Though disappointed to miss out on the front row, Lowes was pleased with his performance and has high hopes for the races, regardless of whether it rains or - as forecasted - it remains dry.

"It was a tricky session with the wet conditions today. Obviously I'm disappointed not to be on the front row for my home race but I've been pretty good all weekend and the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki has been working well. I'm looking forward to tomorrow whatever the conditions. Hopefully we can keep improving ready for the races and challenge at the front."

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team-mate Eugene Laverty, however, endured a tougher day, struggling to get feeling from the rear tyre in the tricky conditions.

"The bike felt ok in the wet session this morning but I had no feeling in the rear for Superpole, right when it counts the most. It looks like it could be a dry race tomorrow and the Suzuki GSX-R felt good in the dry on Friday. It will be tough starting from the fourth row but I will give it my all!"


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