Ben Spies will aim to make up ground tomorrow after a testing opening day at the Malaysian MotoGP.
The sport's current unluckiest rider, who registered another DNF last time out at Motegi as a result of brake issues on his Factory Yamaha, was sixth fastest during free practice at Sepang ahead of round 16 of the championship.
The ex-World Superbike champion, who will leave Yamaha at the end of the season and join Pramac Ducati, clocked a best lap in a time of 2m 02.358s to finish FP1 0.7s behind Dani Pedrosa.
“This morning was pretty normal, the track wasn't so great and we had some electronic issues that hindered us a little but the bike was working pretty well,” said Spies, who completed one lap in the afternoon before calling it a day.
“We were hoping to get a good session in this afternoon but the rain was against us.
“It wasn't worth taking any risks with the track being half dry and half wet so we'll wait for tomorrow and see what happens.”