Dani Pedrosa improved his time significantly from the morning session to slot into third place on the leaderboard at the conclusion of the first day of the Sepang MotoGP test.
Pedrosa had been seventh fastest with a lap of 2m 01.514s but in the afternoon the Spanish star upped his pace to finish behind his Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez and Yamaha's Valentino Rossi with a lap in 2m 00.906s.
“It was a very long, hard day. We put in a lot of laps and despite us being fresh as it's the first day, I'm sure that tomorrow I'll be feeling it,” Pedrosa said.
“It was fun, as I had not been on the bike for a long time and was curious to see how I would feel after my operation last year.
“We are working on braking and the grip from the rear. It's exactly the same bike as in Valencia. I was assessing the clutch, rear brake and engine mapping.
“Last year we were quite good on braking; I still don't know the bike completely, so I have to find the strong and the weak [points], but we will work either way on braking and grip,” he added.
“The track was a little dirty in the beginning if you go too much on the inside, but the track was better on the race line during the day and I guess tomorrow it will be better.”
Pedrosa, who completed more laps today (75) than anyone else, says the new RC213V is closely matched with last year's version.
“In general things went well and we focused on trying out the rear brakes, clutch and engine mapping today,” he said.
“Tomorrow we will work on the chassis and the new tyres. The bike seems very similar to last year's model; we still need more time to work on things, but it appears as if there are no huge differences required in terms of riding style.”