Jorge Lorenzo has acknowledged that team-mate and title rival Valentino Rossi will be tough to beat in his home race at Misano this weekend.
The Italian - who highlighted Lorenzo and Honda's Dani Pedrosa as the men to beat on Thursday - edged ahead of Lorenzo just inside the final ten minutes of Friday practice, which he went on to finish with a 0.126sec advantage over the Indy winner.
“I felt comfortable on my bike from the start and I was able to be quite fast, which is always encouraging, but I think we have some more work to do because we're not perfect yet and the front could be better, especially on the entry to the corners,” said Lorenzo, now 25 points from Rossi after his third victory of the season was combined with a DNF for the reigning champion.
“Tomorrow we will try to work on this and especially on T2 and T3, because these are the areas where we are losing some time. Valentino is very strong, as I expected because it's his home and he won last year, so we will have to be at the maximum to be able to fight with him,” warned the 22-year-old.
Pedrosa was third fastest, but over half a second behind the Fiat Yamaha riders and suffered an engine failure at the end of the session.