Jorge Lorenzo admitted to being cautious in wet Friday practice at Misano, but maintained there was no recurrence of his Assen rain fears.

The Movistar Yamaha rider, back on form with runner-up finishes at the last three rounds, was twelfth and eighth in the two sessions. The Spaniard's best lap was 2.346s behind Ducati pace setter Andrea Dovizioso on a day when the fastest M1 rider (Tech 3's Pol Espargaro) was only sixth.

Lorenzo, who admitted to being haunted by his 2013 Assen injuries during this year's wet Dutch race, said: "I don't think that it was the Assen crash... Today was both me being careful in the beginning and I needed more laps than other riders to get the feeling and also we don't have good grip to enter the corner and stay at the maximum angle and this is a problem for all of the Yamahas.

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"In the morning I exited at the same time as the other riders and I was slow but when you see more crashes you slow down even more! You say to take it easy to find the limit of all the corners but for sure it affects you when you see so many riders crashing.

"Normally the difference between dry and wet is ten or 15 seconds but here it has been more than 20s so there is a big difference in grip compared to the dry and you need to be more careful. In MotoGP we have traction control so on the exit of the corners we didn't see many crashes but on the front the rubber from the car racing gives us less grip and it's easy to make a mistake."

The double world champion added: "In Misano in the rain there is less grip than at other tracks and in the straight braking you can sometimes find patches of rubber from the cars and when you pass them in the rain it is slippery, so you have to brake a little bit more gentle than at other tracks.

"For me it has been difficult to find a good feeling in the rain and I need a lot of laps so I probably started a little bit more carefully than the other riders and for one part I was maybe too careful but I still don't think that we have the perfect set-up to be as quick as the Honda and Ducati to be as quick in the rain.

"We need to work on the entry of the corner to gain more grip on the rear because we had to brake very soon and were too gentle in corner entry so we lost a lot of time. Tomorrow if it rains this is what we will work on."

The Misano weather is forecast to improve on Saturday and Sunday.