MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo was much happier after day one of the Czech Republic Grand Prix than he had been at Indianapolis last weekend, despite suffering a Friday afternoon fall.
The Yamaha star was one of five riders to lowside during the afternoon session, spinning off his M1 while on top of the timesheets midway through the 45-minutes of track time.
Title rival Dani Pedrosa moved to the top soon after and, while Lorenzo returned on his spare bike, he was unable to bridge the tiny 0.053s gap to the Honda rider and finished the day in second place.
“Today was much better than Indianapolis, we tried to improve the bike but we still need to find some solutions for more grip in the corners,” said Lorenzo, also second to Pedrosa in the morning session.
“I had a small crash in a slow corner, I tried to lean a little more and found the limit of the grip.
“I'm quite satisfied overall, we are there with Dani fighting for the best lap time every practice which is good.”
“It's very tight at the top; it looks like they are trying to get maximum grip out of the tyre and everyone seems to be struggling a little with similar issues,” added team manager Wilco Zeelenberg.
“Let's see for tomorrow if it can be a bit smoother and we can improve the lap time.”
Lorenzo leads Pedrosa by 18 points with seven rounds to go.
Lorenzo's team-mate Ben Spies also fell on his way to eighth in the afternoon session.