Cal Crutchlow feels he is struggling more with corner entry issues than many of his rivals but the British contender was feeling positive nonetheless after completing the second day of the final Sepang MotoGP test.

The CWM LCR Honda rider was eighth fastest behind Bradley Smith, setting his fastest lap of the day on Tuesday in 2m 00.333s - his best ever time at Sepang.

Crutchlow, though, believes he is losing a lot of time in corner entry and as yet hasn't been able to find a solution to counter the problem.

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"It was quite positive actually, I feel good and I feel confident. The track condition was bad all day and we have a problem and a limitation on corner entry, I feel that it's a lot more than our competitors, and we can't really improve it," he said.

"We're at a limit in that area and we're sliding a lot going into the corner, a lot more than we need to, and not able to stop the bike. We've tested a few parts and components, nothing new but some that might help us to change the direction that we're working in.

"We went back to the base setting of the bike and I felt okay with it, and I did my fastest lap in the afternoon on it and my fastest lap at the end of the day on it but we were around the houses in between," he added.

"I was fast enough on used tyres and did my fastest ever lap around Malaysia today and considering that it's not a track that suits my style and I go a lot better on a race weekend than I do in a test, I'm quite happy."

Crutchlow is pleased by the consistency of his lap times and has noted a significant improvement compared to his performance at the first Sepang test earlier this month, admitting that he traditionally takes some time to get up to speed after the winter break.

"I feel that I can do the fast laps consistently with a lot less risk especially compared to the first test. I never really turn up to the first test but now I feel okay," he said. "I made some mistakes on my laps so I know that we can improve the lap time.

"We pushed today and this was the lap time that we got, I need to go quicker but I felt it was competitive for now and the days that I've had available on the bike. We've got tomorrow here in Malaysia and then we'll look forward to the test in Qatar.

"I feel that we've got a limitation with the rear end on corner entry and I think that's holding us back quite a lot," he added. "I feel that I'm pushing quite hard and can ride it quite hard. I'm happy with that and I'm not worried about not being able to push.

"The Honda is a very difficult bike to ride but we had a lot of issues today with brakes, it was very similar to Marc [Marquez] yesterday, so the lap times and the consistency today wasn't too bad."


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Well it's not the moan I thought it would be. He does say some positive things and some neutral too. Maybe a pity the headline tips its hat to the negative, and so we all go in looking for that?