Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo exuded confidence after topping the times on the opening night of the Qatar MotoGP test at the Losail International Circuit.
Lorenzo was 0.4 seconds clear of Suzuki's Maverick Vinales after a lap in 1m 55.452s on his M1 and feels the new combination of Michelin tyres and control ECU will play into his hands in 2016, saying the changes suit those riders with a smoother riding style.
“I think if the race was tomorrow it will be completely different than last year or the last four or five years: we will have a lot of surprises and also the riders should be careful with everything, because everything has changed so much,” said Lorenzo.
“The electronics are quite less sophisticated so we need to pay a lot of attention to the throttle, especially when the rear tyre starts to drop, so it's more demanding because physically and mentally you have to be always careful and I think for the smoother rider, these things are going to be better, so let's see.
“In Phillip Island the Hondas were very strong but here, for the moment, they have some problems so I think every track will have different performances. This track is quite similar to Sepang and works quite well for me.”
Lorenzo highlighted once again the need to change his riding style to suit the new rubber but is feeling positive over his performances so far during pre-season testing.
“We were very competitive again and I felt, compared to the other riders, very good with the Michelin: the Michelin and electronics require big changes, completely on riding style because the tyres need a little bit more time to warm up so you need to be more careful to understand the limit,” said the reigning world champion.
“For the moment for some laps we are a little bit ahead of the rest and this is positive, but let's see what happens when we have to do a complete race, how is everyone.
“We don't have so much time to work because at nine o'clock everyone more or less stopped riding because the temperature goes down so quick and you need to be careful in these conditions,” added Lorenzo.
“Three hours is not so much time to try many things but we have two more days. I made the fastest lap with old tyres, so this is a good thing and also we tried two different fronts.”
Testing continues on Thursday and Friday.