Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa is pulling in the same direction as team-mate and world champion Marc Marquez as he continues to plough his energy into the 'compromise' RC213V.

The machine, a mix between the 2014 bike and the 2015 model tested by the duo at Valencia, was among three versions brought to Sepang by HRC and like Marquez, Pedrosa prefers the compromise Honda.

The Spaniard was fourth fastest, setting a best time in 2m 00.260s as he slotted in behind Marquez on the leaderboard in Malaysia, 0.297s behind the Movistar Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo at the top.

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"I was only using the best bike from this year I had," said Pedrosa. "I only did one run with the old bike and for the rest [I was] just trying settings. We already choose the bike, so it is working on the bike to make it more comfortable, fast and rideable.

"We started with the same spec and we have the same problems, but we are going pretty much the same direction and we choose the same bike. This shows there was some issue with the other bike.

"We still have to work a little bit on the rear, on the consistency, because I was only doing short runs. [We are working on] stability and turning and a little more grip [to] make the bike comfortable," he added.

"In general obviously what you want is always more grip, less wheelie. It's trying to match the best combination of all these things. For today from the start to the end it was better. We did some good improvements."

Pedrosa spoke highly of his new crew chief Ramon Aurin, with the pair already building up a solid understanding of how each other works.

"I am happy. The team also is happy and HRC is also happy. With Ramon [Aurin] I worked before already, but in a different position," he said.

"So we are still running and getting more understanding between us. But I like the attitude and this is very positive."

The test concludes on Friday, although Pedrosa and the factory riders will remain on Saturday to undertake a tyre test with Michelin ahead of the company's role as MotoGP's official tyre supplier from 2016.

"Two times here is not bad. But four days next time, because we will have the extra day (for the Michelin test), I think is going to be very hard!" he said.

"With the heat and track layout this track is hard. For example Jerez is also a good track to test. You can try many things there but you have less time than here."