While team-mate and MotoGP title rival Valentino Rossi slipped down the timesheets on Friday afternoon in Germany, Jorge Lorenzo climbed from seventh to fourth.

The Spaniard credited electronic improvements for moving him to within 0.265s of Marc Marquez, at a circuit where he has never won in twelve previous attempts.

"In the first practice I found some problems, especially in sector one," said Lorenzo, currently ten points form Rossi after eight events.

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"The electronics weren't perfect going into the first corner and we improved it. I had a much better feeling in this sector after that in T1, and also in general all over the track, so we are much closer to the top guys.

"Tomorrow we have another session to try, so let's see if we can improve the bike even more."

Rossi, second to Marquez in FP1, finished the day in seventh.