Jorge Lorenzo blitzed his own Silverstone lap record from 2012 as the defending MotoGP world champion stormed to the top of the time sheets this afternoon and declared: 'We can fight for the victory'.

Lorenzo once again had to play second fiddle to young pretender and Repsol Honda sensation Marc Marquez during the first free practice session this morning at the British MotoGP, but the Factory Yamaha star turned the screw in FP2.

A stunning lap of 2m 02.734s lifted him to the top spot by 0.224 seconds from Marquez and was inside his 2012 lap record of 2m 02.888s as he dominated in the afternoon.

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Lorenzo, who trails Marquez by 44 points, said he was 'surprised' by his gains in FP2.

"I started very fast because I improved almost one second and a half in the beginning; I was surprised with the improvement.

"At this track, when the rear tyre starts to drop it's very difficult to keep the same pace so we have to work hard to make a constant bike that works over long distance," he said.

"I'm satisfied because I think we have the possibility to fight for the victory this time."