Nicky Hayden admits he wouldn't mind a 'half-and-half' race on Sunday if changeable weather conditions continue to be apparent around the Sepang circuit.

Speaking following the first day of free practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, intermittent drizzle in the afternoon played havoc with the lap times, leaving the American down in a modest ninth position.

Nonetheless, Hayden was reasonably pleased with his efforts, pointing out that the dusty surface in the morning and the tricky weather in the afternoon is making it difficult to make early predictions.

"Obviously I don't like to be down in ninth, but we have made a little bit of progress today. The track was quite dirty this morning, there was a lot of sand around, but it seemed to clean up all right.

"This afternoon's session was quite tricky, there was a light rain pretty much the whole session, but it's so hot here that the rain is pretty much gone before it even touches the ground. The bike feels pretty decent and the tyres seem okay, so I'm confident that we can improve, that's the plan.

Looking ahead to the rest of the weekend, Hayden is hopeful of some turbulent weather to shake up proceedings on race day.

"It was quite strange this afternoon. If that had been the race it would have been interesting - it was raining pretty heavy at one point, everybody came into the pits at one point. It's been doing that the last couple of afternoons, so maybe it'll be like that on Sunday.

"We haven't had a half-and-half race for a while, so maybe that would be quite cool. Now my foot's better I can switch bikes and they've got a big wide pit road here, so it might be fun, but I'd better be careful what I wish for."

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