Marco Melandri is 'extremely confident' he has overcome the set-up woes that hampered his progress during two days of MotoGP testing at Sepang.

The Italian, making his return to the Gresini Honda team this season, struggled to find the right balance on his RC212V on both outings, leaving him a lowly 16th at the end of day one and 11th on day two.

Nonetheless, by the conclusion of the test, Melandri felt as though he had turned a corner with the bike's setup, giving him reason to be positive heading to the next test around the Malaysian circuit towards the end of the month.

"We had a very difficult day, continuing our work on the geometry of the bike and trying hard to find the right balance, the feeling in the front end and on corner entry. We found both positive and negative solutions before discovering a setting later on which could serve as a base geometry from which to work in the future.

"Then we also worked on the suspension, finding considerable improvements, however we still know there is still lots to do. With everything we've found we will be able to prepare a good working plan for the next test, it was just a shame about the rain here which cut the test an hour short and stopped us from testing with new tyres.

"The important thing however was to find the right direction and I think that in the end we've managed that so we now leave Sepang extremely confident."


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