Jorge Lorenzo felt he suffered slightly more than other riders in low grip conditions during Friday practice for the San Marino MotoGP.

The Ducati rider revealed he had a similar pace to Honda's reigning world champion Marc Marquez during the pre-Silverstone test at the same Misano circuit, but his settings didn't prove as well suited to the reduced grip following overnight rain.

"At the test we were the fastest rider together with Marquez and today we are three tenths slower than the fastest riders, probably because our setting was not adapted to low grip conditions," said Lorenzo, who was eighth on the timesheets but just 0.383s from Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci.

"The test was probably the best day of the season; I was making a similar pace to Marc. And today, Marc and others are better with the low grip. But even then, they couldn't be as fast as the test.

"So I probably struggle a little bit more than them. It's a question of experience with the bike, of maybe that our setting was OK for good grip, but not the best for low grip. In MotoGP, small details affect the classification a lot, because all 23 riders are very close."

Asked if he was adapting to the Ducati as fast as he expected, the triple MotoGP champion replied:

"I still need to learn some ways to get the maximum out of the bike that Andrea [Dovizioso] knows, for example. It's his fifth year on this bike, and I have just six or seven months on this bike.

"So I'm progressing quite fast, but still I feel that I can be faster and understand more things in the future.

"But it's a question of both, I think: Me adapting to the bike, but also the bike getting closer to my riding style, or the way I want the bike to work in all zones of the track.

"Both Ducati and me are both adapting at the same speed. It would be better if it was going faster, but this is the way we are getting the maximum at the moment."

Title leading team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was third quickest, on a day when the top 15 riders were covered by less than one-second.


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Good luck! Get your podium or even victory for your lovely misano

For the first 2 laps of the race he's running a similar pace to Marc. For the remaining 18 laps he's a similiar pace to Tito...

actualy, his pace in Silverstone towards to 2nd half the race was similar to the front runners. His main issue is burning out the tyres doing quick laps in the begining of the race. Dovi in the other hand is good in taking care of the tyres. MM does that pretty well but sometimes just plain lucky that due to his riding style, his only option is to use harder tyres and that kind of plays into his advantage.