Valentino Rossi has declared himself happy after first practice for the Grand Prix of Malaysia.

Despite finishing 4th place Rossi battled with team-mate Lorenzo during the first half of the session, before going on to run with used tyres.

“I am quite happy about today, even if the time and the position isn’t perfect. We worked mainly with old tyres to understand the nature of the bike when it’s sliding, which is important here, but actually my pace was very consistent and I think we can make another step tomorrow.” said Rossi.

The Italian went on to praise the tyre manfacturers: “It seems that Bridgestone have brought good tyres here, they are working very well despite the very hot temperatures and the fact that the track is a little bit dirty today.”

Although happy with the running Rossi admitted there was still work to do.

“We still need to find a little bit more grip so we will look to improve the setting of the bike for this in the morning – it’s going to be very important to be on the front row for Sunday. I think the race will be very hard and we will have to take care to prepare properly and drink a lot of water because it is very, very hot.”

Team Manager Davide Brivio echoed the importance of the data collected during the first session: “We’ve tried to use this first session to get as much information as possible; we’ve worked on many different settings to help us to understand what might be important tomorrow and on Sunday.”

“We were faster at the start and less so later – the other riders made an improvement – but now we have a lot of data and we just need to put it all together in order to improve our pace tomorrow.”

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