Eugene Laverty says the penultimate MotoGP round at Sepang in Malaysia will serve as a good measuring post of the progress the premier class rookie has made this season.

The Aspar Honda rider completed his first tests at Sepang at the beginning of the year and is looking forward to gauging the development of his riding over the course of the year.

"We tested at Sepang twice at the start of the year so this weekend is a good chance to see the progress we have made over the season. It's going to be hot there for sure, hot and slippery," said the Irish rider.

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"Obviously the long straights there require horsepower but I think for us the interesting thing will be to see how much progress we have made with the bike and how my riding has evolved over the course of the season.

"I scored a podium at this circuit last season in World Superbikes and I enjoyed racing there because usually when the grip levels are low for everybody that's good for me. So it could be a good weekend, we'll see."

Laverty endured disappointment at Phillip Island last weekend, when an error over tyre pressure left him struggling for rear grip on the Open class Honda.