Forward Yamaha's Stefan Bradl is hoping to receive 2015 factory M1 engines for the start of the new MotoGP season.

The German, who has moved to the Forward team after three seasons at LCR Honda, was eighth overall at the opening Sepang test and comfortably the quickest Open class rider.

Bradl told Crash.net that his present Yamaha package is "more or less everything from 2014, but step-by-step we will get more material from Yamaha and most probably also the new engine for Qatar."

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Asked further about the future engines, Bradl believes they will be "more or less the same [as Factory spec], just without the seamless gearbox. They will be a good engines I'm sure... Yamaha are really interested in what we are doing. Their support is brilliant."

Bradl's Sepang test lap time was 1.4s behind the record-breaking pace of Honda's world champion Marc Marquez, but quicker than his former satellite RC213V machinery.

"The handling is good. You can use the traction of the rear tyre quite well," he said of the YZR-M1. "There are some positive and some negative points when I compare to the bike from before. You can feel that the braking stability is different. You can use the rear for turning quite well. I'm able to use the machine. So far, so good.

"The main thing now is to work on the geometry to find out if we can improve the braking stability and see if we can improve the electronics.

The biggest differences between the Forward machines and Factory option Yamahas are the lack of a seamless gearbox and use of the standard ECU system, compulsory for the Open class.

"It is not that different," Bradl said of the Open electronics. "It takes more time to set it up and more time to work with it, especially when you want to make changes."

New Suzuki signing Aleix Espargaro dominated last year's Open class for Forward Racing, however Honda have an upgraded RC213V-RS machine for this season while Ducati are also entering two bikes with Avintia.

The second Sepang test began on Monday morning.