Jorge Lorenzo was buoyed by the improvement shown by the Yamaha on Friday after going from third in the morning to quickest of all in the afternoon. The Spaniard led Alvaro Bautista by two tenths of a second but thinks there are still improvements to be made if he's to secure pole position.
“The feeling is good today, we started this morning two tenths behind Casey, then this afternoon from the beginning we've been in first position. We tried the hard rear tyre which is very important for this track because it's a real possibility for the race on Sunday. We must improve some little details, especially the braking as we are arriving in the corners at a very high speed but generally we are good. This is a special race for me so close to my home, I really want to be fighting for the podium and the victory for the fans who have come to see me.”
Teammate Ben Spies was fastest at one point in the second session but dropped back to sixth as the times tumbled. Nevertheless, the American was happy with his day's work and is clear on the areas he needs to improve.
“I'm happy, it was a good day. We didn't set the world on fire but we got down to some decent times and got comfortable on the bike. I think we've got some stuff figured out for tomorrow to make the bike quite a bit better. I know what I want out of it; we just need a bit of a different set up. The bike is working really good and the team's working well, we just need to make the set up a bit better so I can push it harder.”
Team Director Massimo Meregalli is feeling confident about their chances and expects the pace shown today to carry into tomorrow.
“A good start today for both riders. Jorge is leading; he clearly has the pace and a good base set up. On Ben's side we are satisfied because he pushed from the start in the morning. His approach is really good so let's see what we can do tomorrow. We have some settings to adjust but overall it's looking good.”