Cal Crutchlow is confident of a good qualifying session at Phillip Island after completing a positive first day of MotoGP action around Phillip Island in seventh position.

Though the British rider joined the chorus of MotoGP riders in expressing a lukewarm response for the new asymmetric front tyre Bridgestone has brought to Phillip Island, Crutchlow was otherwise pleased with his performance on the Ducati.

Ending his day in seventh position, though Crutchlow was disappointed that traffic prevented him from improving at the end of the session, he has high hopes for qualifying.

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"It wasn't too bad a day for us and I'm quite pleased. I believe we have not such a bad pace but the times are very close between a lot of the riders here. I was disappointed with the last run because I got held up for most of the laps and then didn't better my time as much as possible.

"I look forward to making some progress tomorrow and hopefully having a good qualifying session. Today I also used the asymmetric tyre but with the wind chill factor at the moment the left hand side is not building up enough heat."