Cal Crutchlow was the top satellite rider on day one in Qatar on the CWM LCR Honda, even though a fast lap time wasn't at the top of the British rider's agenda.

Crutchlow lapped in 1m 55.837s to end the first day of the three-day shakedown seventh fastest, one place ahead of Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi and 0.572s behind frontrunner Andrea Iannone on the Ducati GP15.

The 29-year-old spent much of the first day working on improving the front-end of his RC213V and concentrated on finding a strong race distance setting rather than striving for a fast lap time.

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"Today was a good day, I felt confident riding and I only used two sets of the four tyres available to us so this is good for the other days," said Crutchlow.

"We worked on more of a 'long-distance' setting for the bike - we weren't really looking for a lap-time and I feel confident that we could make the lap time if we really needed it. Tomorrow will be the day we'll do some longer runs though to go with it."

"We had to be a bit careful with the track conditions today because between 4pm and 6.30pm the track was too hot, and we'd be wasting tyres," he added.

"Then from about 10pm the track had a lot of dew on it. We have to be careful of the situation as regards that and just stick to our plan which is to work from seven until ten, which is why we didn't do as many laps as we wanted. But we're happy enough."