RIO HONDO, ARGENTINA - APRIL 07: Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Ducati Team returns in box during the MotoGp of Argentina - Free Practice on April 7, 2017 in Rio Hondo, Argentina. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

It was a difficult day for Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo at Termas de Río Hondo for the opening day of play for this weekend’s Argentina MotoGP. At the end of the two scheduled free practice sessions the Spanish champion was classified well down the order in eighteenth place.

Lorenzo, who was fifteenth in the first free practice session, improved his time by over half-a-second in FP2 but the Spanish rider was unable to go any better than  eighteenth at the end of the first day of action at Termas and was far from happy with the situation when the chequered flag fell.

“We are certainly not happy with today’s position, but in the penultimate exit of the second session things were going well and had a good feeling with my bike,” he explained.

“Unfortunately at the end we fitted the soft front tyre and this was probably a mistake, because I am convinced that with the harder tyre I could have knocked a few tenths off my time and improved my position a lot. Let’s hope that the weather is OK tomorrow and that it will allow us to lap on a dry track both in FP3 and in qualifying.”