Jordi Torres has suggested it takes a 'bad' first race for him to learn lessons for a stronger race two outing after he followed a tenth place finish with a podium at Sepang.

Torres was one of a handful of riders to be caught out by severe tyre degradation in the closing stages of the first race, the Spaniard plummeting from a high of fourth to cross the line a very distant tenth in the just a handful of laps.

However, tweaks to the Red Devils Roma Aprilia between the races would transform Torres into a stronger contender for the second encounter, pulling clear of the pack to reel off the second podium of his rookie season.

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Indeed, Torres suggests it is taking a difficult first race outing for him to discover more about his Aprilia in real-time before he can apply the lessons learned for the second race.

"First of all I would like to thank my team. Between Race 1 and Race 2 the guys did an incredible job, changing the bike, working on the setup and the electronic adjustment, particularly on the engine brake. This let me ride much more smoothly.

"I may have wanted to be more aggressive just out of my own instinct, but this let me look after my tyres well in the second race and take this podium which makes me happy.

"Evidently it's just my destiny this season - I need a bad Race 1 to have great results in the second one. It was an important race for me because it taught me a lot and that is what I want out of this season. Now I can't wait to get to Jerez and give 100 per cent."