Cal Crutchlow labelled the first day of testing at Phillip Island a "waste of time" as intermittent conditions prevented riders from further enhancing dry weather set-up.

Ending the day fifth overall, with his final lap just over one second slower than fastest man Danilo Petrucci, Crutchlow again spoke of the difficulty controlling his machine with the new electronics package.

The Englishman, who was using his 2015 machine with his year-old engine, stated his bike feels as though it has 100 more horsepower such was its "wild" nature around the 2.6-mile circuit on dry tyres.

"Today was a waste of time because of the weather," said Crutchlow. "Obviously we tested the Michelin wets, which was a good thing, but we used the old engine. At the end of the day we did two laps in the dry but even for them it was still drizzling. The bike was completely wild but that's because of the settings with the electronics.

"It's very difficult to judge what will be your base power and if we use our base from last year it feels as though we have 100 more horsepower compared to last year. With last year's bike we knew that at certain parts [of the power curve] certain torques were making the bike spin.

"It feels like you've no electronics on the bike but it's good that I did those two laps at the end because it gives us some information. In the wet it felt similar [to last year] but in the wet you hardly open the throttle compared to in the dry.

Asked whether he was concerned about essentially losing a day of dry set-up as the season opener in Qatar looms closer, Crutchlow admitted he could be some way off "hitting the ground running" at the Losail circuit at the close of March.

"We're backlogged up. I feel that the potential of this bike could be massive but it's a long road at the moment. I don't think that we're going to hit the ground running like all the other manufacturers but we'll wait and see."

Crutchlow has the chance to sample HRC's first spec '16 engine - one that was used and deemed unsuccessful by Repsol Honda team-mates Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa at the close of 2015 - later in the week but opted to stick with the '15 version in Wednesday's poor conditions.

Commenting on Michelin's wet compound tyre, Crutchlow opined that it has similarities with the dry rubber.

"The wet tyre feels the same as it does in the dry where you don't get a lot of warning but they're a good tyre. I was pleasantly surprised with how much grip you had but there was no warning with it.

"When it moved it was a very fast movement whereas with the Bridgestone it feels different because with the Bridgestone you could slide it more and feel what was underneath you more. The Michelin is different."



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