Cal Crutchlow made his eagerly-awaited debut as a factory Ducati rider in Valencia, where the British rider notched the sixth fastest time on the opening day of the official MotoGP test.

The 28-year-old finished one place behind team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and 0.797s down on the fastest overall lap set by Jorge Lorenzo.

Crutchlow, whose best time was 1m 32.054s, was satisfied with his first experience of the Desmosedici as he embarks on a new challenge in MotoGP after parting company from the Yamah Tech 3 squad.

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"Obviously the situation is completely different to what I was used to before today, but anyway, I'm very happy to come and work with the factory Ducati team," he said.

"I've done everything you should on a first day at work and I think we can safely say that we've had a positive day learning everything: the bike, the electronics, the team.

"There are so many new things to get your head around, but it's also interesting. In the next two days, we'll try to focus and improve."

Crutchlow, who finished the 2013 season in fifth position in the championship standings, said the input of crew chief Daniele Romagnoli was already proving invaluable.

"The team have been great at listening to my feedback, while I take advantage of their advice and experience," he said.

"It helps to be able to count on Daniele Romagnoli, as he's Italian like most of the Ducati technicians.

"I'm pleased with the way we're working. We're not going to change things overnight, but today was a positive first step."