Michele Pirro impressed during free practice at Misano on Friday with the Ducati test rider running as high as third in FP1.

Pirro, having his second wildcard outing of the season on the GP15, eventually ended the day in ninth with a best lap in 1m 33.674s, which left him eight tenths down on Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.

The Italian rider was second best of the factory Ducati representatives behind Andrea Dovizioso (fourth) and Andrea Iannone (13th), who chances were thwarted after a spill in FP2.

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"It was a bit of a complicated day for me, because in the morning we had some new things to try and so I couldn't do many laps," Pirro said.

"Despite this we managed to do a good session. Unfortunately in the afternoon I was unable to take advantage of the work we did in the morning because of a technical problem on my bike, but I am optimistic because it has good potential and today I was always one of the fastest riders on the track.

"So tomorrow I will try and remain in the top 10 and immediately get into Q2."

Iannone, who came off at Turn 10 without injury, managed to return to the track on his second bike but was unable to better his time and admitted it was not the positive start to the weekend at Misano he had been hoping for.

"It wasn't a positive day for me and we now have to understand what to do to improve the situation," he said.

"We did some tests, trying to find something that can help us to go better, but in FP2 I crashed at Turn 10. Unfortunately as soon as I got on the gas the steering closed in on me and I was unable to stay upright.

"When I got back to the pits I used the second bike which had a different set-up. At that point we decided not to fit a new tyre but to use the same ones as the first bike, to try and get an idea of the wear," he added.

"At the moment the main issue is grip, which is really scarce and which is making me struggle a lot, but I am sure that when the track conditions improve tomorrow we will be able to resolve them."