Randy de Puniet may have finished day one of the second Sepang MotoGP test down in 15th place, ahead of only Marco Simoncelli, but the LCR Honda rider feels he made something of a late breakthrough with his new RC212V.

"It was difficult right until the end," de Puniet told Crash.net, whilst washing his own boots at the back of the pit garage on Thursday evening.

"I had the same problem as before with braking stability and turn-in. The bike did not feel like mine. I had to fight it. Each time I braked I didn't know what the bike would do. It was impossible to brake late.

"Then at the end I tried a geometry change and, using a new tyre, I found half a second straight away. It was a big, big step. So I am quite happy now because I think we have found a direction to go in."

So what exactly did you change?

"I don't know! I don't know because we had tried many things and then I wasn't in the meeting when the team came up with the idea," admitted the Frenchman.

"Tomorrow should be good. I think I can do a 2min 2.1sec."

de Puniet's best on Thursday was a 2min 2.535sec. The seventh-to-tenth placed riders on Thursday all set a lap time in the 2min 2.0sec.