Valentino Rossi was happy with his day's work after the Factory Yamaha MotoGP rider finished fourth on the time sheets at Sepang in Malaysia.

Rossi was quicker than team-mate and title challenger Jorge Lorenzo in fifth overall by 0.085s on the YZR-M1, but behind Cal Crutchlow in third place on the satellite Yamaha Tech 3 by 0.115s.

The Italian star made good progress with the setting of the M1 at Sepang, although he accepts the need to make further improvements in an effort to run at the front on Sunday.

"For me personally, especially this afternoon, it was a good practice because we improved the setting of the bike a lot," said the nine-time world champion.

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"We improved with the new tyre and with the old tyre I can stay with a good pace so I feel better on the bike. For sure we have to improve, but this afternoon I feel good.

"It seems our competitors are a little faster than us but I will try 100% because in the last races Jorge is always there fighting at the front," added Rossi.

"It will be hard but we have to concentrate on the bike. We are not very far but we have a small gap to recover."