Alvaro Bautista made further progress on the San Carlo Gresini Honda at the Sepang MotoGP test, improving his time by almost a second to record the eighth best lap in the searing Malaysian heat.

The Spaniard took advantage of the cooler temperatures in the morning to rattle off a series of laps, but posted his fastest time (2m1.933s) as the session reached a conclusion in the early evening, again when the track temperatures were not quite so stifling.

Bautista, who completed a total of 46 laps at Sepang on the second day of the test, is feeling more confident on the 1000cc RC213V with each lap.

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"The second day of the test has seen us improve our lap times slightly, but above all put together a consistent pace over a series of outings. Today I had more confidence with the bike and I was able to push with more conviction, which I am particularly pleased about," he said.

"We have tried some things with the electronics and some setting solutions that will give us an idea of what we need to do tomorrow. I am sure that we can improve the bike and my riding significantly.

"Obviously I need to get used to riding a 'thousand' because it has different characteristics to an 800, mainly in that it has more power and you have to use that in a different way.

"I have been able to see how professional this team is. They are doing a great job so that gives me confidence for tomorrow, when we will try to take another step forward."