Jorge Lorenzo helped turn the page on last week's disastrous Sepang MotoGP test by setting the pace during the opening day of the Phillip Island tyre test, the final pre-season appearance for the official Yamaha, Honda and Ducati teams.

The Spaniard's corner-speed reliant style clashed with the stiffer heat resistant 2014 Sepang rubber, leaving the double world champion just seventh fastest.

Lorenzo left Malaysia eager to find out if the performance had been a one-off blip, or a sign of things to come.

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Fortunately for the #99, he looked back to his usual competitive self as he led day one with a best lap 0.363s clear of Ducati's Cal Crutchlow - although the variety of tyres on offer made lap time hard to compare.

"After Sepang I told the press that only the tyre Bridgestone gave us at Sepang was too hard for everyone, especially the Yamaha, and with normal conditions we can see there is no problem," Lorenzo told the official MotoGP website.

The Australian test has been arranged to solve the tyre woes experienced by Bridgestone and Dunlop (Moto2) in last October's Phillip Island races, which were the first since the circuit had been resurfaced.

"Today we started with the standard tyre that we raced last year, then Bridgestone gave us three new tyres - we did two runs with every tyre - and finally the last one was the best one. Even better than the standard one," Lorenzo explained.

Lorenzo's best time of 1m 29.213s was just over one-second slower than the absent Marc Marquez's race lap record, during the bike-swap GP, although the grip level was lower and some bumps have developed due to recent car racing.

Team-mate Valentino Rossi - joint fastest at Sepang last week - was third quickest on Monday, 0.573s behind Lorenzo while trying new tyre constructions.

"I'm very happy. The weather is good and it is always a great pleasure to be here. Also I am quite fast and I'm happy with my pace and rhythm," said Rossi.

"We worked not only on the tyres for Bridgestone - me and Jorge did different tyre work, so tomorrow will be the opposite - but also the bike.

"I tested mainly the [revised] tyre carcass and tomorrow we will have the [different] tyre compounds."

Testing at Phillip Island continues for the next two days. The teams not present this week will hold their final pre-season test at Qatar.