Nicky Hayden ended the second Sepang MotoGP test on a high after boosting his time by eight tenths of a second on the Drive M7 Aspar Honda.

The 2006 premier class champion set his fastest lap in 2m 00.813s to finish 17th fastest over the course of the three-day shakedown on the RC213V-RS, 1.698s behind Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez.

The American star admits that his final position on the time sheets is not 'spectacular,' but Hayden is pleased with the progress he has made this week in Malaysia.

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"To be honest we took a big step forward. Our position is not spectacular but I have dropped my lap time considerably. We managed to get into the two minutes' and I tried to go a little bit faster but we just fell short," Hayden said.

"We have to be realistic - we are competing at a very high level and you have to work hard for every fraction of a second. But we are on the right track, we have improved a lot compared to the first test and this is positive. Also today we were able to do a long run, which helped us to improve.

"I made a small mistake but in general my pace has been consistent," he added. "I am happy with the team because they are working very hard and we have improved in a lot of areas, although we still have a lot of work to do, especially in terms of the electronics.

"We leave Sepang satisfied although we can't afford to relax. We have to keep trying to evolve in several areas, principally with the engine braking."