The reigning World Supersport champion suffered severe chatter yesterday as a result of a swingarm change but having reverted to the same settings that he used in FP1 he was back on the pace today.
Lowes finished the session 12th fastest, one second off the top, but was clearly feeling confident on the bike and will look to find more improvements tomorrow as he gets more familiar with the circuit.
“We went back to the same settings as yesterday’s first session with the swingarm and from the first run we started working on normal things – ride height, stiffness, and it felt so much better,” said Lowes.
“We only used one tyre and at the end I did my best lap with no grip so I’m quite happy with it. I was around the top ten all session and with this being a new track to me hopefully I can have a sleep tonight and come back better tomorrow.
“I’m really happy with how that session went because I was a bit down in the dumps after yesterday’s second session because it felt like we lost our way, but I’ve only had three sessions here.”
Having been on the pace throughout winter testing Lowes is now back on the same package that he finished the Jerez test with.
At that test Lowes experimented with a new chassis on the final day that improved the grip of the bike while cornering and the updated chassis offers better edge grip to the rider.
Having used one set of tyres throughout the session Lowes also showed his race pace with six laps in the 2m 01s rage.
“Dunlop said that the majority of the guys went faster on the hard tyre and we did all of the session, 16 laps, on the softer tyre and it was fine,” said Lowes.
“I need to go step by step but if I can fight for the top ten this weekend I’ll be peaky.”