Sam Lowes came away pleased with his first day at the Sepang circuit, as preparations got underway for the Malaysian Moto2 Grand Prix.

The Englishman is making his first appearance at the venue, but stressed that physically it hadn't taken a toll on him and that he had stuck with only one set of tyres.

Lowes ended the day twelfth fastest, with the majority of the field having used fresh tyres in the afternoon session.

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"We had old tyres and the grip wasn't fantastic but the majority of people all used new tyres so on a long track like this you make quite a bit," said Lowes. "I'm happy with my time from this morning but we did have a bit of drop from the tyre which is something that we'll have to look at tomorrow. Obviously with the rain the track wasn't ideal so hopefully we'll get a dry morning and can put laps on the tyre.

"The track wasn't massively different from the first session to the second but it was obviously a bit damp at the start. For two laps I had good grip but then I lost some so we've to look at that but obviously the tyre was quite old. We'll put a tyre in tomorrow morning and try and get some data from it."

Racing in Malaysia is the biggest physical test of a rider's season and with many first time racers struggling to deal with the conditions Lowes was able to deal with the hot and humid conditions in stride:

"I feel good though for the first time here. In the second session on the used tyre my pace was good but this isn't an easy track to learn so I'm quite happy to be close. There's still a bit to get my head around but I'll have a sleep and see what I can find for tomorrow morning. Physically I don't feel bad, I only did eight laps in a row but it wasn't bad.

"It's hot and you sweat a lot and you don't get a break on the straights because it's hot. I don't find it too physical though because on the Supersport bike on Pirelli tyres after five laps it was more physical than a Moto2 bike because it didn't want to do anything that you wanted it to do!" added the reigning World Supersport champion.