Jorge Lorenzo fuelled his hopes of a 2017 Ducati victory by leading Friday practice for the Valencia MotoGP season finale.

Just twelfth in a chilly morning session, the triple MotoGP champion ruled the faster afternoon outing with a best lap time of 1m 30.640s, set on soft tyres during his final run.

That put the Spaniard, winner of last year's event on his Yamaha farewell, 0.122s clear of Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, whose best lap came while using a medium front and soft rear.

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Lorenzo's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, who starts the final round 21 points from title leader Marc Marquez, completed a top three covered by 0.309s. The Italian also used the medium-soft tyres to set his quickest lap.

Marquez, who only needs an eleventh-place finish (updated) even if Dovizioso wins on Sunday, suffered his 26th fall of the season on the way to fifth place in both sessions. Marquez ran the hard front and soft rear throughout FP2.

Between Dovizioso and Marquez was top rookie and independent rider Johann Zarco who put his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine 0.414s from Lorenzo, using soft-soft tyres.

Jack Miller (Marc VDS Honda), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), wild-card Michele Pirro (Ducati), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) and Pol Espargaro (KTM) completed the FP2 top ten.

Both Pol Espargaro and older brother Aleix (Aprilia) fell at the end of FP2. Suzuki's Andrea Iannone, a surprise fastest in this morning's FP1 session, also walked away from a big tumble, ending the session down in 18th.

Iannone, Miller, Pol Espargaro, Mika Kallio and Danilo Petrucci failed to beat their best morning lap time.

But Iannone was fourth fastest on combined lap times, nudging Rossi outside of the top ten, with team-mate Maverick Vinales in eleventh.

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In the manufacturers press conference looked like Jarvis didn't like that question they asked him 'do you miss Lorenzo?' hahahah

What happened to factory yamaha guys this seem to be the great track over last 7 or 8 years even we can expect from rossi not having his best performances as this is not the track which he liked but what happened to vinales he topped last year pre season testings on his yamaha debut which sparked that this will be vinales year but nevertheless marc had said after his argentina debacle championship will be long and it had showed us

yeah he danced around it and stumbled all over this question. But credit to him, he acknowledged that there's a yamaha problem, and not a vinales problem, he is for sure the best replacement

Don't know why he asked. Vinales 226 points Rossi 197 points Lorenzo 137 on same bike as Dovi who is on 261 points. The facts speak for themselves

If you know Yamaha's record in Valencia before JL left, you'll understand.

A pile of armchair experts here! Some laugh!

I can only advise you to stop writting comments here on crash, cause they are near all simply not true and yellow boring. I bet, even the GOATLIAR would have found it weak.


We better leave it to the experts so.. some laugh you lot! Sitting at home in the armchair waiting to cut up any rider that isn't Spanish. ''Nearly all simple not true is it'' Of course you are an expert after all, so you would know! 

oh the irony!

You are the biggest joke on here, laughing at yourself along with everyone else.....