Marc Marquez is encouraged by his current rate of progress after he finished third quickest for the second day running at Sepang. The Moto2 champion was just two tenths off the ultimate pace and feels he is gaining a greater knowledge of the Honda RC213V’s electronics.

“I am happy, because we improved our pace a lot and that is what our focus was for today. The final stints on track were more consistent, which helped us to obtain better data. Today I started to work a little with the electronics and we have a few ideas to put into practice tomorrow or in future tests. This is making me learn new things and I am little-by-little understanding the way the electronics behave on this bike”

The pace continued to be set by Marquez’s Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa and the 27 year old is hoping the forecast rain stays away to enable him to try further ideas to improve the bike.

“Today I was able to try some more things on the bike and we made a few positive steps forward from yesterday. The feeling is good, I’m happy and that’s what’s important. We had planned to try a few more things in the afternoon, like the hard compound tyres, but it started to rain early and we were unable to go out. We hope that it is good weather tomorrow so that we can try them out, as in the coming season it will be important to ride fast on that compound. We also hope to continue moving forward with our quest for the best bike setup”