Defending British MotoGP winner Jorge Lorenzo was in no doubt as to why he was only eleventh fastest on day one of the 2014 Silverstone round.

"We only have one problem, it seems Bridgestone has brought the same tyres that we had in the first races so we have the same problems as then," declared the Movistar Yamaha rider, whose best lap was 1.374s behind Honda's reigning world champion Marc Marquez.

"We have no grip to stop the bike, no grip in the middle of the corner and no traction so we have a lot of spinning and the negative point is it creates problem on the front. No grip on the rear doesn't give us the balance in the middle of the corner which means we have to lean less and have lower speed."

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"All the Yamaha riders are the same, we have similar problems."

Tech 3's Bradley Smith was the only Yamaha rider in the Friday top ten, the Englishman setting the fourth fastest lap time, albeit 0.944s from Marquez.

"New tyre from Bradley. If I put the new tyre I could be half a second faster but I didn't. I used the same rear tyre for all of practice," said Lorenzo of the difference to Smith.

Lorenzo added: "When I first entered the track I felt something strange - I thought the tyre was the same as previous races - but when Ramon [Forcada, crew chief] told me [it was the different construction] I understood what was going on."

Asked why the stiffer rear had been brought to Silverstone, the double world champion replied: "Bridgestone say last year some riders had some little pieces out of their tyre."

Lorenzo added: "It's not good to not always have the same kind of tyre at all the tracks, because I think Bridgestone have the potential to offer these kinds of tyres. In 2008 they were really, really good. So I don't know, maybe having only one brand in the championship is not the same."

At present, Lorenzo's chances of repeating last year's thrilling last lap victory over Marquez look remote.

"It's difficult at this moment to fight with Marc who is riding very well, very strong and also his bike is going very well with this rear tyre which on the Yamaha we have a lot of problems.

"We hope, we wish, we pray to solve all the problems tomorrow."


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So "last year some riders had some little pieces out of their tyre" and BS have had a year to sort this out, but didn't. And then leave the teams in the dark about this weekends tyre allocation rather than pre-warning them?