Dani Pedrosa enjoyed a more consistent performance in FP2 at the Argentina MotoGP after improving his time by 5.8 seconds to slot into second place behind team-mate Marc Marquez.

The Repsol Honda riders chose to remain on the same soft rear tyre for the full duration of the 45-minute FP1 morning session, with Marquez finishing 14th and Pedrosa 16th as a result after the remainder of the MotoGP field changed to fresh rubber.

However, the duo showed their true colours in the afternoon, with Pedrosa's fastest time of 1m 40.396s leaving him 1.083s behind Marquez as they filled the top two places.

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Both riders set their quickest laps on the hard Bridgestone rear and medium front.

"Overall this was a good first day, because we were able to try out the track in dry conditions. The asphalt was very dirty this morning and the tyres were getting destroyed immediately so we weren't able to make much progress," said Pedrosa.

"In the afternoon the asphalt was better, although it was impossible to go offline, and we had an opportunity to put in some laps, testing things out with the bike and with the track. We were able to ride more consistently and gather data that will allow us to improve again tomorrow."