James Toseland was in a positive mood at the end of his first day around Miller Motorsports Park as he ignored a crash to go seventh fastest.
The Briton is visiting the Utah circuit for the first time this weekend, but while he languished outside the top ten during FP1, he rose the order throughout Q1 to end up safely inside the top ten.
Even so, his day wasn't completely without drama, the former champion dropping his Yamaha Sterilgarda R1 after his 'enthusiasm outmatched his talent'
"I've never been too bad at learning circuits, but it's been pretty impressive for some of the guys including Frankie my Crew Chief as it's their first time here too. To get the bike running as well as it was today is great, fair play to them.
I'm a bit annoyed with myself for the crash as I don't usually make mistakes like that, I just got a bit excited as the bike was feeling so good. I thought I could go round the corner a bit faster than the package could, I think I was 17 years old the last time my enthusiasm outmatched my talent!
“All in all a good day, I'm pleased with the progress and it's a great track, the bike works really well round here."
Team-mate Cal Crutchlow fared even better as he finished the best placed non-Ducati rider in third position.
"It wasn't too bad today, third position is pretty good. I had some issues with the brakes and was struggling to stop in some places, making it difficult to judge when to brake. We've got some new things to try tomorrow, and I have to say it's a very different riding experience on the R1 compared to the Supersport bike last year."