Jorge Lorenzo believes he is arriving at Silverstone in the best shape of the season after a successful one-day test at Misano – “the best day of testing of my career in Ducati” – and is hopeful of improving upon his recent momentum this weekend.

The Spaniard scored a strong fourth place last time out at the Red Bull Ring, and was feeling the benefits of a recent shakedown on the Adriatic coast, where he sampled “three of four” settings which further aided his adaption to the GP17.

While the previous two British GPs haven’t panned out in Lorenzo’s favour, the Majorcan has won around the famous venue three times since 2010, a record he hopes to improve on in the coming days.

“It's always unknown what you can do with a new bike,” he said on Thursday. “It's clear that we arrive in my best moment of the season, after a very positive test in Misano, I was quite fast. I'm very curious to see how the combination Lorenzo/Ducati is going in this track.

“In terms of knowledge and more confidence on the bike, [we improved,] yes. The bike didn't change, we just concentrated on trying all the tires, all the rear tires, tried three or four settings that permit us to start on Friday with a good setup.

“But apart from that, I felt great from the beginning, I felt very fast, very consistent, so it was very positive. Let's try to repeat it here at a completely different track.

“The test was very good, as I said before in Spanish, it was probably the best day of testing of my career in Ducati. I was fast and constant and very aggressive on the braking.

“So basically we tried to advance all the work with the setting, with the tires to be a little bit more ready on Friday morning for the Misano GP, but we didn't try any specifically new.”

Last year Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati's two riders at the time – complained of the physicality of muscling the Desmosedici around the fast changes of direction. Lorenzo admitted this, and the bumpy surface, will be a particular challenge across the weekend.

“For sure, if Dovizioso, Iannone, and [Danilo] Petrucci say the same, must be something here. Obviously, the Ducati is a physical bike, and you need to use a lot of your strength to make the lap time to be fast.

“For sure it's going to be tough on Sunday. I'm in great shape, probably better than ever, so I'm going to try to keep a constant pace, and try to survive the physical demands.”

On the track’s bumpy surface he added, “It was a little bit of a problem for me last year. Honestly, with the Yamaha, it didn't allow me to be a bit more comfortable and be faster, and I struggled so much with the bumpy stuff, and also the cold conditions with hard tyres.

“[It] Looks like here, Michelin bring three types of tires, some of them could be softer than the ones we had last year, so this would be good. They didn't change the tarmac, so I think the tarmac will be bumpy, so we hope that with this bike, we can feel a little bit less the bumps, and be less of a problem.”


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