Dani Pedrosa shot to the top of the times at the Sepang II test as the Repsol Honda star adopted a grin and bear it attitude to the tyre controversy at the Malaysian circuit.

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi have been particularly vocal about the lack of edge grip from the new 2014 Bridgestone rubber at Sepang, but Pedrosa reflected on past experiences as the Spaniard vowed to get on with the job in hand.

"Obviously edge grip is different from the tyre from last year but you have to work on the bike to make it better," he said.

"Also in the past we had problems with the tyre if you remember with Casey [Stoner] with a lot of chattering everywhere. We had that s**t all year."

Pedrosa's time of 2m 00.039s gave him the top spot by 0.281s from Aleix Espargaro on the NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR-M1 and yesterday's pacesetter Alvaro Bautista on the Gresini Honda.

He focused on the front-end set-up of his RC213V after only completing 15 laps in the morning after stopping to make some 'big changes' to the bike but went on to post the fastest time.

"Things went well this afternoon, even though this morning we were still having some issues and I wasn't able to ride comfortably," he said.

"I had to stop early in order to make some big changes to the bike, and when we restarted after lunch I felt more comfortable and put in better laps.

"We focused on the front end and were able to find a good set-up. Tomorrow we will focus on making progress with the rear, because we have to get the new tyre working better and increase grip.

"If all goes well, then perhaps tomorrow we will be able to do a race simulation."

The Repsol Honda Team confirmed on Wednesday that world champion Marc Marquez won't complete any testing ahead of the opening round of the championship in Qatar on March 23 as he recovers from a broken fibula, leaving Pedrosa to lead the line for Repsol Honda.



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