Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso set a competitive lap time in both the dry and wet sessions on the opening day of the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang.

But he was reluctant to read too much into the results - seventh (+0.592s) and then fourth (+1.728s) - due to the low grip and changeable conditions.

"It is always important because you can find this situation during the race, but it was quite a strange day," began the Italian. "First because this morning the grip was very bad - like always in FP1 in Malaysia. My feeling wasn't so good, I couldn't push and the drop of the rear tyre grip was so big.

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"During the afternoon, at the beginning there was enough water to test, but after the first run we made a change and the track was completely different. You can't try a set-up like this. Here it is always like this and this is the problem, if you get these conditions in the race.

"In any case we were quite fast and I believe we could have gone faster."

Dovizioso was making his Sepang debut on the latest GP14.2 evolution, having used the original GP14 during February's pair of pre-season tests.

"There is, especially on the turning side, a change because we have improved during the season. Just a little bit everywhere," said Dovizioso.

"It is too early to say about the set-up. This morning we tried one set-up like the last race and one close to the test. I didn't have a good feeling with the bike from the last race but also with the other bike it was difficult due to the low grip.

"So I think we have to wait for tomorrow, when we should have more grip, to really understand our level."

Would a wet or dry race be better? "I prefer dry, always"