Jorge Lorenzo admits he is struggling to find the right set-up for the Indianapolis circuit after finishing third in Friday Practice. The championship leader was three quarters of a second slower than pacesetter Dani Pedrosa and blamed a lack of grip on corner entry for his lack of speed.

“We were better this afternoon than this morning. We managed to get closer to the first position. I didn’t feel great on the track today so I hope we can improve the feeling for tomorrow. This track seems to be quite difficult for us to find a good set up. I’m struggling on the entry to the corners where I don’t seem to have much grip.”

In contrast, Ben Spies had an excellent day, finishing four tenths quicker than his Yamaha teammate in second. The American was particularly encouraged by his performance in race trim and is optimistic of a strong weekend at home.

“The track definitely made a huge improvement from the morning to the afternoon today. The bike is working really well, we made some small changes then just worked on race set up. We used hard tyres for the whole time and were able to set our fastest lap and be consistent with a lot of laps on the tyres which is encouraging. We’ll try the softer tyres tomorrow to see if we can pick up some speed for qualifying but for the race set up the bike is good.”