Jorge Lorenzo's roller-coaster season continued at the Sachsenring on Friday when, fresh from one of his worst performances in the Assen race, he set a top three pace in both free practice sessions for the German MotoGP.

The Movistar Yamaha rider, who e-damaged a newly broken collarbone on Friday at last year's Sachsenring event, led most of FP1 on his way to second place behind Aleix Espargaro.

While team-mate Valentino Rossi struggled in the afternoon, Lorenzo was again at the sharp end, setting the third fastest time, behind Espargaro - again running the soft Open class rear tyre - and Honda's world champion Marc Marquez.

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"We were second and third today. Good positions and the bike is working well so for this I'm really satisfied," said Lorenzo. "The braking is good. I can brake very late and acceleration is also good in most of the corners.

"We just need to improve some small details to fight for first row tomorrow. The bike is still a bit nervous in some corners at maximum lean, so we are trying to change the electronics to create more margin in this area. Also to improve the braking. But just small details. No big problems.

"Also, physically I am better than ever, so I feel strong."

Team director Massimo Meregalli added: "It's impressive to see Jorge's strength and focus back to its inspiring normal state. After a difficult weekend in Assen he is here totally focused and fast. He rode two impressive sessions today, very fast and consistent and he looks very promising for the weekend."

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Good. Let's hope this sticks for as long as possible.

It remains of interest who the lucky boy will be, to go down in the record books as the one who broke MMs run. It would be a good boost to Jorge if it was him and may rekindle his form (depending on how much is mental/emotional).