Dani Pedrosa was satisfied with his performance in free practice for the penultimate round of the Malaysian Grand Prix, the Spaniard pointing out that, unlike his rivals, he is starting from scratch.
With Sepang proving a popular testing destination, most teams come to this round clutching set-up information, but with Pedrosa arriving with a new bike and tyres, free practice was vital for him to collect data.
Struggling to find 'rhythm' initially to be just 17th quickest in the morning, Pedrosa steadily worked his way up the order in the afternoon to end the day in fifth place.
“This morning we struggled because we lacked a bit of rhythm, but during the afternoon session I was able to improve both my feeling with the bike and my race pace. We worked on set-up, we tested some tyres and we have some more tyres to test tomorrow. Tyre choice is especially crucial here, so we will concentrate on that.
With a different bike and tyres to adapt to, Pedrosa is aware that he is on the back foot this weekend so he is hoping the weather remains good.
“Then tomorrow afternoon we will try to get a good grid position, which is also very important here. I hope we have two dry sessions tomorrow so we can keep on preparing for the race.
“Everybody is fast at Sepang because we all test here during the winter, so everyone's got a lot of data at their disposal.
"This winter I only tested one day here and the package I have now is completely different to what I had then. As for the Bridgestone tyres, they are different to what I am used to here, so I have been trying to adapt my riding style.”