Five days after breaking his longest losing streak in MotoGP, with victory in Malaysia, Valentino Rossi had to settle for seventh during delayed Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix at a weather beaten Phillip Island.

"This weather is unbelievable and it was really at the limit of what you can race motorcycles in today," said the Italian. " It's even more amazing because yesterday was beautiful!

"I hope it will be better tomorrow but it doesn't look too hopeful. My setting here in the wet was okay and I feel quite happy on the bike, but I didn't want to push too hard in these conditions. I think we can improve it more, but we need to wait and see how the weather is tomorrow. We hope for sun!"

"The bike is feeling okay but we still need some more time to work a bit more on the setting for Valentino in these difficult conditions, we tried a lot of different things today but it looks like we can still make him more comfortable than this," added Fiat Yamaha team manager Davide Brivio.

"It's very wet and it looks like it could be even worse tomorrow, but we will keep working in this way and we hope to improve the time a bit."

Rossi's team-mate and new world champion Jorge Lorenzo was fastest in practice.