Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez upped his pace from FP1 by two seconds to climb to the top of the times in the afternoon at the Indianapolis MotoGP.

Wold champion Marquez, who has won all nine premier class races this season to take a commanding title lead, lapped in 1m 32.882s to head Pramac Ducati's Andrea Iannone by 0.222s.

The young Spaniard - fifth fastest in FP1 - conceded that the new-for-2014 changes to the Indy circuit don't suit the Honda RC213V quite as positively as the 'old' track, but Marquez is having 'more fun' nonetheless.

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"Overall today went pretty well and after the holidays it is always important to pick back up the pace and regain confidence on the bike," he said.

"We could also test out the new track surface today; now there are almost no bumps and it seems that the grip has also improved from last year.

"In terms of the layout, perhaps the previous one suited us a bit better but this one is more natural and more fun. I think the biggest improvement is near the end of the course.

"We showed this afternoon that we work well on the new layout and we will be fighting for the victory.

"We were also able to try out the hard and soft rear tyres, gathering data that we will review to make further improvements," he added.

"We're happy with how today went and how we've progressed."

The faster final turn allowed Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista to record a top speed of 212.8 mph (342.5 km/h) during second MotoGP practice, beating the previous standard of 209.2 mph (336.7 km/h) set by Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa in 2013.


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I'm not a fan of Marquez but full credit to him. He takes the circuits as they are, doesn't complain and gets down to obtaining the most out of himself and the bike whilst enjoying his racing.

When any rider says "It's fun" you know he is there for the enjoyment of the sport. I'm sure that he took a good look at Vale in this respect.

I hope for a good race between the riders who embrace the changes to the circuit without complaint.