In complete contrast to last year, Jorge Lorenzo hailed a 'fantastic' feeling with his Movistar Yamaha after leading day two of MotoGP pre-season testing at Sepang.

Lorenzo left Malaysia just seventh fastest at the end of the 2014 tests, having struggled with fitness and tyre issues.

But after a close third behind Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi on the opening day, the Spaniard dominated the Thursday action. Lorenzo blasted under the two-minute barrier after the first of the eight hours of track time, remaining ahead to the end of the day.

"Very happy. The morning was fantastic. So long that I didn't feel so great with so much good pace," he said. "It was not only the 1m 59.9 lap and the 2m 0.00. I could be in 2m 0 quite comfortably even in high temperatures.

"After lunch we tried many things. Different chassis. So we lost a little bit of concentration to keep the good pace. Also the track seemed a little more slippery and not many people improved.

"But in general the day was very good. I like a lot the new Yamaha. I think it is a very complete bike. We just need to improve the braking. If we can do that at the next test for sure we are going to be very prepared for Qatar.

"For the moment we don't have an advantage, but I think we are in the level for trying to win races."

Lorenzo added that this morning he had felt even better than during the 2013 season, when he won eight races and came within four-points of claiming a third premier-class crown.

"I won two races in 2014... [But] apart from Japan it was a difficult year for trying to win. In 2013 I won eight races, but to be honest even in 2013 I didn't have the feeling I had this morning."

Lorenzo, 27, recovered from his early season woes to score more points than any other rider during the second half of 2014. However it was too late to rise any higher than third in the championship standings.

Team-mate Valentino Rossi was sixth fastest on day two of testing, after struggling with chatter issues. Testing concludes on Friday evening.



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