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Title defender Marc Marquez continued to command proceedings on the second day of MotoGP World Championship testing at Sepang as he became the first rider to break the 2min marker.

Having proven more than half-a-second faster on the first day of MotoGP testing in Malaysia, Marquez continued to improve the benchmark as he turned in a lap time of 1min 59.926secs mid-way through the day.

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It was enough to keep Repsol Honda team-mate at bay by more than four tenths of a second, the Spaniard in turn edging out Stefan Bradl on the satellite RC213V by a mere 0.003secs as the LCR rider made it a convincing 1-2-3 for Honda.

Indeed, while Honda enjoyed a strong second day in Malaysia, key rivals Yamaha endured a rather more trying session, with Valentino Rossi once more heading up the M1-charge in fourth position, albeit more than half-a-second behind Marquez.

More interestingly, however, was Aleix Espargaro's impressive run to the fifth fastest time on the 'Open' class NGM Mobile Forward Yamaha. Improving on what was already a fine performance on the first day, Espargaro was easily the quickest 'Open' class rider and, most significantly, quicker than Jorge Lorenzo on the factory Yamaha.

One of the big improvers over day one, Bradley Smith lifted himself to seventh on the Tech 3 Yamaha, ahead of Andrea Iannone, who was once more the fastest of the Ducati contingent. Alvaro Bautista and Pol Espargaro rounded out the top ten.

Elsewhere, Ducati duo Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow continued to circulate in tandem on the timesheets in 11th and 12th respectively, while Nicky Hayden lifted his Drive M7 Aspar Honda up into 14th overall to split the two NGM Forward Yamahas, albeit 1.7secs adrift of the flying Espargaro.