Nicky Hayden blamed himself for a 'bad performance' as the Ducati star rounded out final qualifying at the Malaysian MotoGP in 11th position.
Hayden fell behind CRT rider Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Iannone on the Pramac Ducati in Q2 and afterwards admitted his lack of commitment at turn six, which was left damp following a sudden shower, reflected badly on his overall time.
The American's time of 2m 02.900s was a huge 2.889s off the pace set by Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda.
“When I first saw it was raining I was quite happy because I was wanting to try it in the wet, but it was just enough to make the track wet in a couple of places, especially at turn six and seven,” said Hayden.
“I had quite a big slide through there and it was hard to judge the grip. I didn't do a good job at all, so I'm not very happy compared to how everyone else was committed through there.
“The lap time was not good and it was a bad performance by me.”
The 2006 world champion was, however, happy with a number of improvements made to the Desmosedici.
“It was the first big improvement we made with the bike this weekend and it certainly allowed me to carry more corner speed and stop better,” he said.
“We changed the balance a bit and ride height as well and it's helped a bit. We know we have some limitations but I've felt better here this week than I have at the last couple of races
“The gap to the next group is a lot, so it will be a very tough race, but I hope to put up a better fight than in the last races.”