Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa says he is impressed by the personnel revamp within his team structure, describing the changes as 'for the better'.

Pedrosa ended the first Sepang test on a high, finishing only a tenth of a second behind team-mate Marc Marquez, who set the fastest ever lap at the Malaysian circuit after dipping into the 1m 58s bracket for the first time.

"I am very happy because I felt very comfortable. We are still at the beginning of the year and we don't have the same agility as when you're already settled in, but the working conditions and attitude have been very good," Pedrosa said.

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"I had already worked with Denis [Pazzaglini, mechanic] in 250cc, but he also has experience in MotoGP. With Pedro [Calvet, mechanic] we had not worked together before, but he has a character that I really like. Daniel [Petzold, data engineer] was previously in Moto2 and will need time to adjust to the amount of information required in MotoGP, but he has a lot of learning ability. Both the team and Honda believe in him a lot," he added.

"I am very happy with the new role Ramon [Aur?n, race engineer] has; I think he is doing a very good job and the team are very happy with him, as there is a good dynamic there. All the changes have been for the better. At the first test we took some positive steps forward and we have greatly improved - thanks to the work Honda have been carrying out in Japan and the work we have done within the team.

"The mechanics and new technicians have done a great job and that motivates me a lot."

Looking ahead to Sepang 2, which takes place from February 23, Pedrosa said he would continue to work on his fitness on his short return home before the next shakedown in Malaysia.

"I will return home for a few days and, although it is snowy, I'll have a few days more of continuing my fitness preparation before the next test," he told the official MotoGP website.

"Now I have some soreness, but that's inevitable. These tests are definitely useful for me, as there is no better preparation than riding a bike."