Jorge Lorenzo began his bid for a third premier class world title at Valencia in fine style by setting the fastest Friday time in FP2.
Insistent he hadn't been affected by the furore surrounding Sepang coming into this weekend, Lorenzo showed signs of his trademark consistency and speed throughout the day's two sessions to finish 0.266s clear of Dani Pedrosa.
The Spaniard fitted a new medium rear tyre to post his fastest time of the day and had shown a pace comparable to Marc Marquez before then.
“In my case I was fine before coming here and now I am even better,” said Lorenzo. “It has been a good Friday from the morning to the afternoon and we were competitive with the bike. We started with a good setting from the beginning and made some modifications with the bike and we found that it was better.
“I also tried the harder rear tyre and it was worse than the other one. So it was good work today thinking about the race. We did a 1m 33.1s and knowing that the bike isn't completely perfect this is a good beginning.”
A title win would make Lorenzo only the third rider in premier class history to overturn a point deficit in a final round showdown, as well as tying him on titles with Kenny Roberts Junior and Wayne Rainey, the Majorcan was the subject of some hostility from fans on Friday.
The 28-year old insisted it was nothing that affected him, as he felt booing originated from fans of his title rival.
“It wouldn't be good for me if everybody at the track was making the same noises but if it's only fans that have a different t-shirt or that follow my rivals I don't worry about it. I just try to do my best job on the track and try and have the best result possible. I don't feel bad when I hear these things.”
The winner of six races in 2015, Lorenzo also reserved words of praise for Bridgestone in the Japanese firm's final race as MotoGP tyre supplier.
“Bridgestone does an unbelievable job of providing us with very good tyres. Apart from 2014 when they made the rear tyre harder to protect the rubber, and used the heat resistant layer, it made life more difficult for us. When they put the softer casing to the edge it helped it quite a bit for me.
“For the front tyre in 2008 or 2009 we had some problems with warming up the tyre and there were many crashes. But Bridgestone has improved the rear and has done a very nice job. I am happy with these years. Let's see what happens next.”