MotoGP World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo was a disappointed fourth at the end of Friday free practice for his home Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez on Friday.
Having been fast in last month's pre-season test at the resurfaced circuit, Lorenzo was expecting to continue momentum from last Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix victory - but encountered unexpected problems in acceleration and was left 0.794sec behind team-mate and nearest title rival Valentino Rossi.
“It's nice to be back in Spain and in the sunshine, but I am a bit disappointed about the day,” confessed Lorenzo. “I had a problem at the start with my helmet and we were delayed to go out on track. Once I got started I felt good with the soft Bridgestone tyre, but when we tried the hard one later we had a few problems and the bike didn't feel completely stable. Tomorrow we need to come back to a different setting and I hope things will be better.”
“The session was not so bad but we encountered a few small problems that we didn't expect, in acceleration,” added Lorenzo's Fiat Yamaha team manager Daniele Romagnoli. “Now we need to compare the data with that from the test and we are quite confident that tomorrow we can fix these problems and be back to our recent form.”
Suzuki's Loris Capirossi and Ducati's Casey Stoner separated Rossi and Lorenzo on Friday's timesheet.