Marc Marquez revealed that the team struggled through the testing at Sepang, but finally made good headway at Phillip Island this week.
The Spaniard was the fastest on the final day of testing at the Australian track and was very consistent, posting seven of the top 15 times at the seaside circuit. This was a far cry of the results in Malaysia, where Marquez was down in seventh.
"At Sepang honestly we were lost," the former world champion revealed on crash.net.
"We don't know the direction; we don't know anything. But here we start to work well. Honda did a good job with the electronics – we have some base.
"Today was the first time that I feel consistent and able to try the small things, because sometimes when you are lost – when you in a place where you don't understand the things – it is difficult to try different set-ups and everything because it is difficult to feel.
"But today I start to feel good on the bike and looks like we are improving. But at the same time, I want to take care because this circuit is special. I think in Qatar we will struggle slightly more, because there are many corners where the bike must turn [well] and that is where we are struggling more.
"Today we did a step and looks like we are coming better and better. I expect in Qatar we will not be the fastest guy, but we will try to be competitive.”
While the Repsol Honda rider was happy with the end result on Phillip Island, he added that the grip issue with Michelin tyres still needed to be ironed out.
"The important thing is that today I started to feel the bike, but we are still struggling with the front tyre," continued the 23-year-old.
"I crashed, Tito crashed. Many riders I think are a struggling on this point. But the positive point is that Michelin is working and for Qatar test I don't know, but for the first race there will be different tyres so this will be good."