Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa suffered greater pain in his injured left shoulder than he had anticipated as the Spaniard finished third overall during the first free practice sessions at Brno in the Czech Republic.
Irrespective, Pedrosa – last year's winner at Brno – clocked a 1m 56.600s lap to take third behind LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl and Factory Yamaha star Jorge Lorenzo, with his time on the RC213V only 0.1s adrift of the German rider.
“Today was a little more difficult than expected, as I felt more pain than I have in the past few days,” said Pedrosa.
“I was unable to ride at 100%, but still we were able to have two good sessions.
“We tried some different set-ups with the bike and different tyres. Let's see if tomorrow I feel better and can improve aspects of the bike to lower my time.”
Pedrosa is seeking to claw back ground on team-mate Marc Marquez in the title race, who holds a lead of 21 points at the top of the championship table.
Marquez was fifth fastest today, although his best lap was only 0.233s slower than Bradl's benchmark with around 0.3s separating the top six.