At first glance, Jorge Lorenzo's 19th place on the wet Friday MotoGP timesheets at Phillip Island would prompt suggestions he is again struggling badly in the rain.

But the Movistar Yamaha rider only completed a four-lap run, then a further single flying lap, before conditions worsened in the morning session.

"I was one of the last to enter the track and I just made five good laps with the first bike," Lorenzo said. "Then we stopped and I decided to try the second bike with a different setting. But then it started to rain more.

"So not many conclusions, not so much push, not so many risk. Tomorrow we will see the level that we have in the rain I think."

The afternoon FP2 session was cancelled meaning the Spaniard, like team-mate Valentino Rossi, is currently outside of the top ten place needed for direct access to Qualifying 2.

"Of course tomorrow it's going to be important to go for the Qualifying 2 by being in the top ten. We'll try to go as fast as possible with the conditions that we have," he declared.

Lorenzo is trying to bridge a 14-point gap to Rossi to snatch second in the world championship during his final season with Yamaha.

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I saw FP1 live and Lorenzo was for a very small amount of time riding around within the first ten, after that he dropped and he stayed there. Lorenzo's weakpoint is the rain with the Michelin's and to have a good advantage he should ride the bike during the whole session. 5 laps to get a proper set up, come on. Lorenzo is already acting like he could win the race... I'm still missing the part where he's bragging that he got first blood over Rossi.