Anthony West was in a positive mood following free practice in Malaysia but continues to be frustrated by stability problems aboard the Kawasaki.

With slippery conditions in the afternoon bringing out the best in the Australian rider, West was a solid 12th quickest, compared to team-mate John Hopkins who could only manage 18th.

However, while West was pleased to 'not be last on the timesheets', he is continuing to struggle to set-up the Kawasaki to prevent it from sliding under acceleration.

"Conditions weren't ideal this morning, as the track was really dirty and it took quite a long time to clean up before we had the level of grip needed to start pushing," said West, who will be racing in the World Supersport Championship next year.

"As soon as we did start to get faster then I encountered the same problem that we've been having almost since the start of the season. On the gas coming out of the turns the bike just goes sideways instead of driving forward, and it's costing me a lot of time.

"We made some improvements for this afternoon, but I don't know exactly how much of an improvement because the showers that were working their way around the circuit didn't do much for confidence.

"When you're flat on the tank down the straight here, even a slight shower looks like torrential rain as it bounces off the screen! We will look closely at the data tonight and, hopefully, we can continue to make improvements tomorrow. On a positive note, I'm not last on the timesheet this week, so we've definitely made some improvement already!"

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