Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa broke the two-minute barrier at Sepang to exactly match Yamaha rival Valentino Rossi as the pair finished the test on Friday at the head of the time sheets.

Pedrosa set his best lap of the week in 1m 59.999s on his final lap on the RC213V as he completed a total of 41 laps, including a race simulation in the morning session.

The Spanish rider, who was Repsol Honda's sole MotoGP representative at the test as world champion Marc Marquez continues to recover from a broken fibula, made a 'lot of progress' in Malaysia but feels there is more to come.

"I tried to check out the bike on a long run and it was already hot, but the pace was not so bad. It was the first time on the tyres (in a simulation) and the bike was travelling a bit here and there, but it was fine," said Pedrosa.

"This track has some good, strong points for the Honda. We have to go again at a different track and for example Phillip Island should be good.

"We have a little more doubt about some things, the tyre change and the bike is a little different, but basically we will try to be at the maximum level.

"We progressed a lot - although there is still room for improvement."

Pedrosa, though, conceded that he was 'happier' at the conclusion of the first Sepang test, when the circuit offered more grip.

"I was more happy at the end of the last test than I was at this test; maybe because of the track condition - I don't know - but every time everything is changing," he said.

"Maybe we will go to Qatar and the first day maybe the track is dirty and Saturday is fine, and then Saturday night we have a sandstorm and Sunday there is no grip.

"We have to see how the bike is reacting to these changes because here we had stable weather, we had a stable track and everything was more simple."

Honda has been working on making the RC213V stronger in the middle of corners to counteract one of the strong points of the Yamaha, as Pedrosa explained: "We have tried to be a little stronger when a track has no hairpins and many flowing corners, like Mugello, Barcelona, Assen... these kind of tracks where we spin a lot more than them [Yamaha]. But it's not so easy - it's the character of each bike."

The tyre test in Australia takes place next week as preparations continue for the opening round of the championship in Qatar under the floodlights on March 23.



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