Repsol Honda MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo said that he is still in pain, as he made his return to the MotoGP paddock after a three-race absence at Silverstone.
The Spaniard is returning after fracturing a vertebra during a free practice crash in Assen and missing the three subsequent rounds. Despite coming back after the extended summer break, Lorenzo struggled around on the opening day, ending the day in 21st, over 3.5 seconds off the pace.
Lorenzo admitted that he is still in considerable pain, but he needs to fight through the pain barrier to build up the muscle lost during the lay-off.
“Obviously it has been a tough day, you don’t feel very comfortable when you are last like I was this morning, or almost last,” said the 32-year-old.
“But it’s the situation we have now. My back is not healed completely, and I have pain after the two practices.
“I lost a lot of muscle mass and my physical condition is not used to MotoGP, because these two months without bikes. Little by little I need to be patient to go through these races.
“I think in the Misano test I will be a little bit better, but especially in the Misano race I will be able to push more, especially on braking, and to be closer to acceptable lap times.
“Now it’s really difficult to do it and I need to have the patience to not push more than I can.”