PHILLIP ISLAND, VICTORIA - FEBRUARY 16: Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team rounds the bend during 2017 MotoGP pre-season testing at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on February 16, 2017 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Marc Marquez put in a hard days work around the Phillip Island Circuit in Melbourne today, the reigning world champion completing an active second day of testing to finish finishing second with a time of 1’29.309” recorded on lap 20 of 107, more than any other rider in action here today.

On a day again marked by fine weather conditions (air 20° C, track 40° C), Marquez continued his work on the setup of his RC213V. In the final hour he did two long runs of around 15 laps each, with most of laps in the 1’29” range. Despite his efforts, the Spaniard has reiterated that there is still something not quite right…

“It’s been a day of really hard work, and I’m a little bit tired, but it was the plan we had for today with the team and we did it!” Marc said. “Together with my Engineers we decided to do many laps to try a few things, and we focused on riding as consistently as possible, trying to avoid any mistakes.”

“I also did two long runs at the end of the day, to try different configurations of the electronics, and that allowed us to gather a lot of information. Anyway, as I said yesterday, we’re still missing something, because I’m not 100% comfortable, but we’re working in a good way.”

“Hopefully these two long runs will allow us to find the areas where we can take a step forward. I also tried a new Michelin front tire and tomorrow we’ll try the rear one, as today we had no time to do it.”