Jorge Lorenzo said that he was still feeling the effects of his Phillip Island crash during the opening practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Yamaha rider, who needs a minor miracle at Sepang this weekend to prevent his teammate Valentino Rossi from wrapping up the world championship, set the pace in the session, six hundredths of a second ahead of Casey Stoner. However, he said that a deep cut to his finger was affecting him while braking.
"I was riding quite aggressively today and I felt good on the bike right from the start, so I am very happy about this after what happened last weekend," said Lorenzo. "Our bike is working well though. Unfortunately, I have some pain in my finger where I hurt it on Sunday, it's not too bad but the cut is right on the knuckle, so it's a painful when I have to bend it to brake."
Should Lorenzo win at Sepang, he would need Rossi to finish lower than fourth in order to take the title battle to a final round decider at Valencia.