Jorge Lorenzo started the Valencia Grand Prix weekend in the best possible way for his Ducati team, the Spanish rider topping the timesheets at the end of the first day of free practice.

In the morning' opening session, the riders took to the track in sunny but cold conditions (12° C air/track) and at the end of FP1 Lorenzo was down in 12th place overall.

In the afternoon session he dramatically  improved on his morning times with a best time of  1'30.640 and the plan is to continue in the same way on Saturday.

“Today I had an excellent feeling out on track and for the first time this year we finished a day of practice convincingly in the lead,” he said. “I rode really well, managing to get the best out of the qualities of the bike and despite there still being a few weak points, we have a good speed and also a good pace both with the medium tyres and the soft ones."

"Valencia is a circuit that I like a lot, I've scored some good results here in the last few years and tomorrow we have to continue like this, working as well as today.”