Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa was unable to improve his time in FP2 as the MotoGP star ended day one at Jerez fourth on the time sheets overall, one place behind team-mate Marc Marquez.

Pedrosa achieved his best lap in the morning session in 1m 39.860s using the soft rear Bridgestone tyre but switched to the medium compound rear in the afternoon as temperatures soared, setting a fastest time in FP2 of 1m 40.491s.

"I think that today went well, but we also need to work hard because of the track conditions. It is a lot different riding in the morning compared to in the afternoon, and in both cases there is not sufficient grip," said Pedrosa.

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"In any case, the race takes place in the afternoon and we will have to work to make sure that the heat has as little effect as possible on performance.

"We tried both tyre compounds trying to get a feeling for the track. It was a little faster in the morning so in the heat it is a bit tough on this bike, but we are looking forward to improve the settings in the hot conditions. On the front we aren't sure and the setting is not fixed yet."

A number of riders did manage to improve their times from FP1, with Pedrosa's team-mate Marquez, Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi on the Movistar Yamaha and Andrea Iannone (Pramac Ducati) among them.

Aleix Espargaro's best morning lap of 1m 39.357s gave the NGM Forward Yamaha rider the top spot by 0.357s from Jorge Lorenzo.