Britain's Bradley Smith was satisfied with his day's work as the second Sepang test commenced on Monday, with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider finishing eighth fastest overall.

Smith slotted in behind CMW LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow on the leaderboard with a best lap of 2m 01.241s, which was 0.827s off the benchmark lap recorded by Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi.

The 23-year-old is feeling stronger physically after injuring his ankle during the winter break and his quickest lap was less than a tenth of a down on Jorge Lorenzo in fifth.

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"It's great to be back here at Sepang again after not such a long wait so that we can carry on getting prepared for Qatar. The track conditions were different today compared to the last time when we were riding here and the circuit was a bit unpredictable with the grip levels," said Smith.

"In some corners there was a lot less than in others but I'm happy because I didn't really lose a lot of time compared to the other riders in these conditions. I'm closer to the front than the last test and I am also pleased because my ankle is much better than it was, although it is still not perfect. We were able to ride in the rain as well which is positive," he added.

"I didn't risk too much but I already feel much more comfortable when compared to last year in the wet and the lap time was much quicker.

"I think we still need to work but we are starting to see what we need to do to carry a good lap time and also to get grip in the wet with the Yamaha."