MotoGP rookie Eugene Laverty has cause for optimism after wrapping up the second Sepang test, even if the Drive M7 Aspar Honda rider didn't improve his lap time as much as he had hoped.

The Northern Ireland rider, who has made the switch to the premier class from World Superbikes, was 23rd fastest on the combined times, one place behind fellow newcomer and Honda rider Jack Miller.

Laverty, whose best time on the RC213V-RS was 2m 01.815s, said: "We didn't manage to improve the lap time as much today as we had hoped but we have made progress with the set-up of the bike. Today we completed a long run on used tyres, which was very useful to measure our performance.

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"We also learned quite a lot about the performance of the bike over long distance and our pace and lap times were consistent. At the end of the day when the conditions were a little better we made a change to the front suspension, which helped us to take another step forward. It was good to finish the test on a positive," he added.

"The results of this second test here at Sepang give us cause for optimism. We have made quite a lot of progress, we still have a lot of work ahead but every time I ride the bike I feel that we are more prepared and I'm looking forward now to travelling to Qatar and continuing to work."