Jorge Lorenzo edged out reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez to top the first free practice session at the Indianapolis Grand Prix on Friday.
The Yamaha rider was the first to post a lap time under 94 seconds, and his fastest time beat Marquez to the top spot by just 0.093 seconds.
“After the summer break I felt great from the beginning, I had a good feeling with the bike and I could keep a good pace until the end,” Lorenzo told Crash.net.
“I was on top of the classification all the time and that's a good sign but we are still far from last year's times. We'll see how to improve and what the other riders will do throughout the weekend.
“The track conditions are more or less the same as last year. In the first session it's a bit dirty but then it's going to improve, as well as it did last year. We still have to test some settings and improve small details but as I said starting so strong and being in the first position is always a good sign.”
Lorenzo is currently second on the MotoGP world standings, with Movistar Yahama team mate Valentino Rossi 13 points ahead on 179. Rossi was the fifth fastest on Friday, trailing fellow former 250cc champion Dani Pedrosa by over three tenths of a second.