Cal Crutchlow was content to end the first day of MotoGP free practice at Mugello with a solid top ten position as he got acclimatised with his Ducati at the manufacturer's home venue.

The British rider had planned to spend the day getting up to speed on the GP14, an endeavour that would prove only partially successful when tricky conditions in FP2 limited overall running.

Despite this, Crutchlow was happy to end his day eighth fastest and is positive about the remainder of the weekend.

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"The track was a bit green this morning and it will be again tomorrow morning because of the rain, so we will be using our harder option. We have one benefit today that we are still in the top ten, whereas normally on a Friday we are not.

"We took advantage of the test we had here but it didn't make a big difference, the same guys are still at the head of the timesheets. I think it will be difficult for us but Ducati are doing a good job, so we will work hard tonight and see where we can improve tomorrow."

Returning to MotoGP action this weekend aboard a third factory Ducati, Michele Pirro was one of just four riders to set a time in the afternoon session, the Italian grabbing a few headlines with the fastest lap of FP2.

"I'm disappointed because this morning we had a problem with the bike and I didn't manage to set a good time. Pity, because in the tests we went very well. I hoped to be able to make up time in the afternoon, but because of the track conditions I only managed to do a couple of laps to check that the second bike was working well. If the weather is better tomorrow, we'll try and move further up."