Moto2 world champion Pol Espargaro continued to impress as the Yamaha Tech 3 rider improved his lap time by more than a second in Valencia on Tuesday.

Espargaro, who joins Bradley Smith in the French-based satellite team, rode the YZR-M1 for the first time on Monday but has quickly demonstrated his potential after ending the second day of testing in Spain less than 0.5s behind his British team-mate.

His best time of 1m 31.836s left him in ninth position overall and 1.3s down on the fastest lap set by Marc Marquez.

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"I'm really happy with the progress we made today and enthusiastic because I thought my first impressions on the bike would be worse, as it was the case when I changed from 125cc to Moto2," said Espargaro.

"Fortunately I truly enjoy riding my new Yamaha YZR-M1. I know that the difficulties of improving my lap time will start soon but I think we have done a pretty good job so far.

"I was 1.3s faster than yesterday and that is just one second behind Jorge [Lorenzo], who is my reference point as fastest Yamaha," he added.

"Today I started to use different Bridgestone front and rear tyres to understand the behaviour of them and I used the full carbon brakes, which are so different from what I have used before."