A delayed afternoon practice, brought to an early end after a second red flag period, meant nobody had a 'normal' Friday at Imola.

But Voltcom Crescent Suzuki's Eugene Laverty has more reason than most to believe there is much more to come, having managed just a handful of laps all day - yet still setting a best time just 1.1s from the top.

"How many timed laps did we do today, maybe six proper flying laps?" said Laverty, hampered by technical problems in the morning session and eighth in the afternoon.

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"We didn't get anything done in the first practice with the electrical problem we had, and then in the second practice the activity was cancelled with 13 minutes left.

"The bike is feeling quite good considering we haven't done any laps yet and we're not too far away, so I'm looking forward to actually starting some real work tomorrow morning!"

Laverty, winner at Phillip Island, is seeking to bounce back from a 'disastrous' race day last time out at Assen.

Rookie team-mate Alex Lowes concluded his first day at Imola in eleventh place, 1.5s from the top, but also confident he is yet to show his true form.

"Today was good, obviously frustrating at the end because we had a plan for the session. I worked really hard on old tyres, learning the track and feeling more comfortable, and I was hoping to improve at the end on new tyres which I didn't get the chance to do," he said.

"So it's frustrating when you don't get the session that you want, but obviously everyone lost those last 12 minutes. I think I'll make a big step tomorrow after sleeping on it tonight. It's a fun track to ride so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."