Jorge Lorenzo's main concern heading into Sunday's season-opening Qatar Grand Prix is not the state of his injured hand, but a loss of feeling from the rear of his M1.

The Spaniard will start just behind title rivals Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi on the outside of the front row of the grid and is hoping for a podium.

"Considering my situation I am really happy about my grid position and I think we can be proud of our work," he said. "Unfortunately today though we have lost some feeling on the rear and it was difficult to go as fast as yesterday.

"My hand isn't perfect and I still have some pain in braking but I am less worried about that than about the bike. We will use the warm-up to try to make some improvements and then I will just do my best in the race and try for the podium."

Lorenzo finished a distant third, behind Stoner and Rossi, at Qatar last season.