Jorge Lorenzo believes there is more to come from both man and machine due to Ramon Forcada's temporary absence after finishing Friday's free practice sessions third fastest.

Forcada, who has worked with Lorenzo since the Majorcan's ascension to the class in 2008, missed Friday's action due to personal issues and Lorenzo admitted it left his garage "a little bit confused."

Having finished 0.37s off Andrea Dovizioso's fastest afternoon time, Lorenzo still displayed an ominous consistency, setting twelve laps in the low 1m 48s and two in the 1m 47s.

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It is believed Forcada will travel to Italy on Friday evening in order to be in Lorenzo's garage for Saturday morning's FP3 session.

"Ramon Forcada wasn't here today," said Lorenzo, second in the championship and 15 points behind team-mate Valentino Rossi. "We had to manage with my telemetry guy and the other engineers to manage the day.

"It's not the same and has been a bit difficult to work today because we are not used to work without Ramon. I think our potential is better than we have now. Tomorrow in these two practice we need to improve the bike.

"We don't have experience to work and to do the things that Ramon is doing. In the part of the telemetry it's more or less the same but he has more jobs. The other guy for him it's a new job. Everyone has been a little bit confused today, let's say."

When asked if the improved feelings with his M1 that saw him score a fifty point maximum in the past two races continued in Tuscany he said, "More or less we are at the same pace.

"Maybe in the morning we were quite a bit faster than last year. Maybe six or seven tenths. This afternoon I expected to improve quite a bit but I couldn't do it. I couldn't improve the bike as I wanted so I try to do it during the practice but it has been difficult."

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Dovizioso was fastest in both of Friday's sessions after Ducati successfully tested in Italy after the Spanish Grand Prix. Lorenzo believes the GP15's outright speed on the main straight is a definite advantage.

"Obviously when you see the Ducatis so strong in the rest of the tracks then in Mugello it's normal that they're even better. They say in the test they make 46.9s so everyone expected this today.

"Andrea put a new tyre at the end of the practice so it has been a little bit of an advantage for him. We keep using the same tyre all the practice. They are strong and they have a powerful engine so on this long straight it's a big thing compared to our bike."