Alvaro Bautista will start the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang from the fourth row of the grid after a late crash in qualifying proved a major setback for the Gresini Honda rider.

Bautista ended the final day of practice and qualifying in 10th position and was struggling with rear grip prior to the spill in the afternoon session.

"This morning we tried to improve our feeling with the bike from yesterday but we only partly managed it," said Bautista, whose managed a best lap in a time of 2m 01.640s - 1.3s off pole.

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"In the afternoon we continued to work in the same way but rear traction was still an issue and the small progress we made wasn't enough to improve our position before the crash.

"There were a lot of riders on track at the same time and nobody wanted to give anybody else a tow, so we lost some time there and when I tried to push again the tyre temperature had dropped and I lost control," he added.

"Luckily I wasn't hurt but the bike needs rebuilding and I am sorry to the team for the extra work.

"It will be a tough race tomorrow but I am confident that we have found some solutions today that should work. "

Bautista finished on the rostrum for the second time this season at Motegi last weekend after battling with Cal Crutchlow, who retired on the final lap after his Yamaha ran out of fuel.