Jorge Lorenzo feels he has an excellent chance of taking back-to-back Le Mans wins, and back to back 2010 wins, after qualifying just 0.054sec behind Fiat Yamaha team-mate and pole sitter Valentino Rossi.
"This was another good session and we are very strong, although there are quite a few riders here who are fast with a good race pace,” said Lorenzo, winner last tiem out at Jerez. “Today I was consistent and I can ride happily at around 1m 34.5s so if I can keep this up during the race then we have a good chance. I need to try to get a good start tomorrow and be stronger during the first few laps, then I think I can fight for victory."
"Jorge has a good grid spot without the added pressure of being on pole and his race pace is definitely fast enough to allow him to run at the front tomorrow,” added team manager Wilco Zeelenberg. “We hope that the work we did in Jerez will help him with his start and give him a bit more confidence and I'm sure he won't let the others go tomorrow over the important first ten laps."
Lorenzo starts round three leading the championship by four points from Rossi.