Jorge Lorenzo set a lap record en route to the topping the timesheets in the second practice for the San Marino Grand Prix.
The Spanish Yamaha rider emerged for the final 10 minutes of the session and clocked the best ever lap of the Misano circuit, which has been resurfaced for this year’s event.
Lorenzo set a record time of 1m32.871s.
Honda’s two-time defending world champion Marc Marquez – he held the previous lap record – was the early pace setter but couldn’t match Lorenzo’s blistering late lap and had to settle for the second quickest time.
Marquez’s teammate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa was third fastest, Italian Andrea Dovizioso set the fourth quickest time while Championship leader and Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi was fifth on the other factory Yamaha.
This weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix is the 13th of 18 stops on the calendar with Rossi leading Lorenzo by a mere 12 points in the overall standings. Marquez is a distant third 77 points off Lorenzo.