Jorge Lorenzo was not fazed by Andrea Iannone's lap time in FP2 at Mugello on Friday, highlighting that the Ducati rider achieved the benchmark using new rubber.
Lorenzo finished second quickest on the Movistar Yamaha, almost six tenths in arrears behind the factory Ducati rider, but the reigning MotoGP world champion is confident his race pace will he a match for anyone on Sunday.
“It's the best track here for Ducati and they made a lot of kilometres here over the last year, so they know all the secrets of this track,” said Lorenzo.
“But the lap time from [Andrea] Iannone was with a new tyre and he improved five or six tenths with this extra grip that a new tyre gives you. With our pace we are quite similar, even though I have some laps in '48 low.
“Also [Marc] Marquez is very close so I think the three of us are the fastest ones for pace but then Andrea used the new tyre and this give him some extra tenths.”
Lorenzo skipped the damp FP1 session in the morning at the Italian circuit and explained that he felt there was little to be gaining from venturing out.
“The weather forecast is that it is not going to rain any more, so it had no meaning to make more kilometres with the engine or take risks with the tyre, so we prepared to stay on the box,” he said.
“At this moment I don't want to take too much risk too have a an injury or crash because these bikes are so powerful and so heavy. When you are on slicks with buckets or water you have to be so careful.
“I think 98 per-cent of the races are in dry or wet conditions and in these conditions we are fast, we are able to fight for the world championship. For us, it was not worth it today and that's why we stay in the box.”
Although Lorenzo admits the outright speed of the Ducati riders could pose a problem on the main straight at Mugello on Sunday, he feels it is more important to be able to maintain a strong pace in the latter part of the race when the tyres drop.
“Obviously I would like to have the same top speed as Ducati, but Yamaha has our own strong points and we have to take profit of this and lose as much as possible our weak points at this track,” he said.
“Our bike is a nice bike to keep a constant pace during the race, because the race is very long. If we cannot take some distance in the last sector, in the last corner, with Iannone or [Andrea] Dovizioso in the race it's possible that we can be in the third position at the end of the straight.
“But the race is very long and it's important to have a good pace when the tyres start to drop and I think we'll be happy on Sunday afternoon.”
Lorenzo leads the world championship by five points from Marc Marquez after the first five rounds.