Stefan Bradl wasn’t worried about his performance on Wednesday at Sepang despite admitting he was off the pace. The LCR Honda rider was one of the stars of day one in this second pre-season test but he could only manage seventh today, 1.2s down on overall leader Jorge Lorenzo.

Bradl felt part of the reason for his relatively low position was a failure to execute a clean lap on new soft tyres but he was happier with his long run pace in the afternoon as he tinkered with the set-up of the RC213V.

It was a long day for us but we were fortunate as the weather was really good today and we could complete our daily program. We mainly focused on the race set up making a lot of changes on the bike. This morning, early in the session, I made some small mistakes on soft tyres but soon I went back to my standard shape producing acceptable lap times. We are a bit off the pace but our main target was the bike set-up and we have a lot of data to evaluate ahead at tomorrow’s final day”.

After tomorrow, Bradl will head to the Circuit of the Americas in two weeks’ time for a private test alongside HRC and Yamaha before the final official pre-season running at Jerez in late March.