Maverick Vinales is beginning to find his feet with the new Suzuki GSX-RR after improving his time by one second from the first Sepang MotoGP test.

Vinales, who made the switch to the premier class after a single season in Moto2, lapped in 2m 00.731s as he finished 12th on the time sheets on Tuesday ahead of Marc VDS Honda rider Scott Redding.

The Spanish prospect is learning how to ride a MotoGP machine as he prepares for his rookie season in the championship but has already impressed on the Suzuki.

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"We have improved a little bit more today but it was difficult because the middle of the day was so hot and it was difficult," said Vinales.

"But we have improved on the pace and I think from the last test we have improved already one second and this is important.

"Our fastest lap is coming along and tomorrow we need to work more on the pace to get a good feeling for the Qatar test," he added.

"The plan tomorrow is making the race simulation as best we can and getting a good feeling because that is really important, then in the Qatar test we can push a little bit more."

The biggest challenge for Vinales is managing the acceleration of the GSX-RR on corner exit but the series newcomer is gradually getting to terms with the power of the factory machine.

"Acceleration for sure is the most difficult because if you try to accelerate too much then you get the spinning and if it's too late then you don't exit well, so you need to understand and try to manage the tyres really well," he said.

"I just ride, try to play a little with the bike and improve it a little bit but I think it is more about trying to concentrate and trying to keep the tyres at a good level.

"For sure it would be okay [to race now]; it is difficult to say [how competitive he would be] but we are quite happy with the pace."

Vinales, who suffered a small crash but escaped unscathed, added: "My main objective is still to find out the most effective riding style, even if we are introducing new technical modifications in every run to let me understand how the machine reacts to them.

"I had a little crash but it wasn't bad, I'm ok and so is the bike, I simply slid off but we are happy."