Dani Pedrosa will aim to up the ante during final practice and qualifying at Phillip Island on Saturday after finishing sixth fastest on day one.

The Repsol Honda rider is in a rich vein of form after following up his runner-up result at Aragon with his first victory of the season with a calculated display in the damp last weekend at Motegi in Japan.

Pedrosa's time of 1m 29.876s left him 0.493s behind team-mate and FP2 pacesetter Marc Marquez, but the Spaniard is ready to step up his performance on Saturday.

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"We were testing a little bit, trying to get a good setting on the bike. In this track it is normally a special setting and you need to be comfortable in the grip, because of the fast corners," Pedrosa said.

"It wasn't easy with the weather at the start this morning but we tested the asymmetrical front tyre in the afternoon. There was still not much grip and we could not make much headway.

"Tomorrow we will try to understand better with the asymmetric [front tyre], because only a few laps today and hope to improve a little for FP3 and also for qualifying," added the 30-year-old.

"At the moment the lap times are not very strong, everybody is very tight; it's going to be tight I think with the Open riders too and it's very important to improve for tomorrow and let's see if the track is in better condition."