Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo said finding a fast pace from the beginning 'came easily' as he completed the first day of free practice in second place at Valencia in Spain.

Lorenzo, who is battling with team-mate Valentino Rossi for second position in the MotoGP World Championship at this weekend's final round, set his best lap in the morning session of 1m 31.489s as he finished 0.193s behind pacesetter Marc Marquez.

The Spanish rider, who led much of FP1 and FP2 on the YZR-M1 before being dislodged at the top by already-crowned champion Marquez, tested Bridgestone's new asymmetric front tyre, which had only previously been available at Phillip Island when cold and windy conditions hampered evaluation.

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"Today, having a very good pace came easy from the beginning. This is the first time this season that I got to ride such a good pace this easily, so I'm very happy about the performance of the bike," Lorenzo said.

"Now we have to try some things and try to improve, but the pace of the bike is very good and I'm really satisfied.

"I was satisfied about the asymmetrical tyre. The '32' side doesn't give exactly the same level of grip as the side of the '31'; it's a little bit less but there isn't a big difference. Tomorrow I'll probably try the '32' but the question is about the rear. I think the soft tyre could be too soft for the race.

"You could probably manage to finish the race, but the soft tyre will start to drop a little," he added. "The hard tyre is too hard, but tomorrow we're going to try it and see which option is better."