Jorge Lorenzo dropped to sixth on the Sepang time sheets on day two of MotoGP testing but the Yamaha Factory Racing star was happier than he was at the conclusion of day one.

Lorenzo felt changes to the electronics as a result of the new 20-litre fuel regulation for the factory machines had unsettled the handling of the M1, but further alterations today have helped to alleviate the problem.

"So today, apart from the position which is not ideal, I think we made one step forward," he said. "The confidence in the bike is better because we made some more changes in the electronics to make the bike more similar to last year.

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"I can keep a more constant pace and be a little faster for one lap. We need to keep working as our rivals are strong at this moment but today I'm more happy than yesterday.

"I made my lap time at 3.30pm when it was more hot, so obviously it's possible to improve quite a bit. The goal today was not the lap time, but to find the same feeling that I had last year," he added.

"Our competitors at this track are very, very quick, especially Marc [Marquez], but I think we have to concentrate on having our feeling for the race, which is the most important.

"We will test new pieces tomorrow. We are far from Marc, but the other riders - four or five riders - are very close in the pace. We will see what happens tomorrow."

Lorenzo's fastest time of 2m 00.573s left him 0.647s behind Marc Marquez and behind the Open class FTR-M1 of Aleix Espargaro, who split the factory Yamaha pair.

However, Lorenzo was unimpressed with Bridgestone's new soft and hard rear tyre, which he said was 'really bad' for the factory Yamaha M1.

"He is very fast [Espargaro] and has improved a lot in the last year. They have a softer [asymmetric] tyre than us and it is probably half a second or sixth tenths faster. Obviously he is fast because Colin [Edwards] is not able to get to the same level," he said.

"We have tried both new tyres from Bridgestone, the soft one and the hard one, and both were really bad for the Yamaha bike, especially on the right. You cannot stop the spinning on some sections."