Jerez winner Jorge Lorenzo wasn't completely satisfied with the first day of MotoGP practice at Le Mans, despite looking to have the edge in terms of race pace.

The Majorcan ended the day second overall after dipping under Marc Marquez's year-old lap record in the afternoon. Lorenzo was only headed by Tech 3 Yamaha's Bradley Smith, who went faster by two tenths of a second.

But in terms of consistent pace, Movistar Yamaha's Lorenzo and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso appear to hold an early advantage as they reeled off numerous laps in the 1m 33s.

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The Spaniard set eight laps under 1m 34s, with nine for Dovizioso on the Ducati's softer rear tyre. Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi and Honda's reigning champion Marc Marquez both set four sub 1m 34s laps.

Yet Lorenzo wasn't totally satisfied with the set-up of his Yamaha M1.

"Basically the bike is going well in principle," he said on Friday evening. "We have a lot more potential than we are showing now. The feeling is going down too much in the majority of the corners.

"We can improve a lot in some corners but considering what we've got our pace has been good. We need to improve the feeling with the front tyre because when the rear grip falls away it starts to affect the front.

"That's the objective tomorrow. To improve the pace when the rear tyre drops a little."

Although adamant there is room for further set-up enhancements, Lorenzo was content to be towards the top of the timesheets, on a completely different track character to the previous round, at which he dominated.

"This circuit is totally different to Jerez. It's narrower, a lot colder but with smoother and better asphalt than Jerez. This morning there were patches in some curves. Little by little it dried out and the corners were dry enough. But let's see if we can fight for the first few places."

When asked what changed in the intervening period between Argentina and Jerez, Lorenzo said it was down to some fine tuning in terms of mentality.

"The bike is more or less the same as it was in Argentina. I've changed the mentality, the approach to some of the practice sessions. In the end it's the same and the bike hasn't changed a lot. I think we were in better shape than some of the results suggested."

Lorenzo is currently 20-points behind team-mate Valentino Rossi in the title standings. Rossi was sixth quickest on Friday.