NGM Mobile Forward Racing's Aleix Espargaro is looking ahead to the opening round of the MotoGP World Championship with renewed vigour following a highly promising test at Sepang.

Espargaro continues to excel on the 'Open' class FTR-M1 and ended the test in fourth place overall on the combined times with a lap in 2m 00.101s.

The reigning Moto2 world champion used the final morning of the shakedown in Malaysia to focus on a race simulation and Espargaro was heartened by the results.

"I'm very happy with how we progressed in these three days of testing. We started where we left off here in Sepang 1 and I could work on the second bike and on the race distance," he said.

"I'm very satisfied with the data gathered during the long run. We were competitive and now I look forward to confirm my feeling in Qatar, where we will do another test session before the opening race of the season."

His team-mate, Colin Edwards, was 14th fastest on Friday and is lacking the confidence to push to his maximum level.

"We continued working on the bike set up to improve the feeling with the bike in the corners. We tried several solutions but I still don't have the right confidence to push as I am used to," said Edwards, who set a 2m 01.748s lap to finish as the third quickest Open class rider behind Espargaro and Yonny Hernandez on the Pramac Ducati.

"We also worked on the electronics with positive results and we focused on the tank to check the fuel consumption, as we would like to take advantage of the possibility to use all the 24 litres that the Open class has at disposal."

The NGM Forward Racing team will be back in action for the last MotoGP test session scheduled in Qatar from March 7-9.



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