MotoGP World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo believes Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix won't see a repeat of Dani Pedrosa's Indianapolis walkover.
Pedrosa dominated in America last weekend, while Lorenzo took home a season's worst third behind Ben spies, but the Fiat Yamaha star was much happier with the set-up of his factory M1 by the end of day two than he had been on Friday and expects to deliver a victory challenge.
"We have improved in every practice here and after the troubles of yesterday I'm happy about this session," said Lorenzo. "I have a good pace now and I'm feeling confident about a good race.
"Unfortunately we couldn't profit as much as we might have with the softer tyre at the end of the session and our bike isn't the fastest here, but we have good corner speed so I hope we will be able to stay with the leaders.
"I am feeling excited and motivated for tomorrow's race."
"Second place is only one better than yesterday but in terms of bike feeling and behaviour it's a huge jump for us," stated team manager Wilco Zeelenberg. "Dani did a great lap, we were consistent but Jorge couldn't use the soft tyre like he wanted to so we couldn't get any closer to him. But tomorrow is 28 laps not just one and we feel that we are in form for another strong challenge."