Jorge Lorenzo has suffered no more than a sore hip after an accident at the very end of the final practice session on Saturday morning. The World Champion highsided his YZR-M1 machine shortly after practicing a start but wasn't sure whether cold tyres were the cause.
“That isn't how I planned to finish the free practice. I am not sure yet why I crashed, I need to take the video from Dorna and study it as I was not going that fast. Anyway I am very sore especially in my hip but happy to be uninjured and will still be there to give 100% in qualifying this afternoon. Apart from the crash the morning session was good, the bike still needs more going into the corners but we are getting there.”
Ben Spies had hoped to close the gap to his teammate but remained half a second shy of Lorenzo's best time. Despite that, the American is sure that the pace is in the bike although it will be stronger over a race distance.
“We've definitely got more in the bike and we made a step in the right direction. I'm pretty happy; we set our fastest lap with a lot of laps on the tyres which is good. We definitely need to improve the front setting still. I can feel it in the bike; I definitely know the potential is there. The bike is definitely going to be better over race distance than it is over one lap but we have to improve that one lap speed. We found something right at the end of the session but we just weren't able to try it.”