Jorge Lorenzo says he is encouraged to see Yamaha lock-out the top three positions at the end of the first day of free practice in Italy as he looks to recover ground lost to his Honda rivals in recent races.

Lorenzo comes into the Mugello weekend 17 points adrift of MotoGP series leader Dani Pedrosa following a lacklustre performance at Le Mans, but has been a race winner in Italy for the last two seasons.

It was form he hinted at during the day's FP2 session as he pipped Yamaha team-mate and local favourite Valentino Rossi to the top spot. Indeed, with satellite Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow completing a Yamaha 1-2-3 at the top of the timesheets, Lorenzo is confident the Japanese manufacturer is set for a competitive weekend.

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"In the morning it was wet and bad conditions so we preferred to not exit at the end of FP1 with the slick tyres as we thought the track was dangerous. We had to wait for the afternoon and dry conditions.

"From the beginning the Yamaha riders were very strong and competitive which means the track is working well for us this year. We have to wait for the improvement of our rivals and the possible change in weather that can change our performance but for the moment we are very competitive and happy."