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Jorge Lorenzo has given himself a minor boost ahead of the Grand Prix of Spain in Jerez as he paced morning warm-up on the day he celebrates both his 27th birthday and his 200th GP start.

The Yamaha rider, who starts second on the grid, turned in the only lap to break 1min 39secs, his effort of 1min 38.983secs putting him three tenths clear of pole sitter and championship leader Marc Marquez.

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With temperatures expected to rise significantly once the race is underway later today, attention was focused mostly on race set-up, with Valentino Rossi going third best and Stefan Bradl turning in the fourth best lap, ahead of Dani Pedrosa.

Making use of the extra soft tyre compound - which isn't expected to make an appearance in the race - Yonny Hernandez was sixth fasest, ahead of leading Open class rider Nicky Hayden, Bradley Smith, Andrea Dovizioso and Alvaro Bautista.

Further back, a handful of teams have work to do prior to the race after Karel Abraham (Cardion AB) and Danilo Petrucci (IodaRacing) suffered accidents towards the end of the session, while Avintia's Hector Barbera pulled off with a technical issues.