MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo was a victim of the rain lottery towards the end of Saturday's qualifying session for the British Grand Prix.
Instead of mounting a front row attack in the closing stages, the Factory Yamaha rider found himself out on track waiting for the rain to clear. It didn't and he was left fourth on the grid, courtesy of his 3rd of 19 laps.
“That was a so-so session. I had hoped to be on the front row but it wasn't possible because it started raining so I didn't have a good fast lap to get up there. I stayed on the track for a while in case it stopped raining but it didn't happen,” said Lorenzo.
“Bautista and Ben [Spies] were fast at the right moment and they got the best positions. I feel that I could be much faster than the lap-time I did but anyway the position is good for tomorrow and I have a good pace [for the race.]
“It's going to be a complicated race because it could rain and there will be a lot of wind. Let's stay calm and see what happens.”
Despite being unable to show his full pace in qualifying, Lorenzo had enjoyed positive second day, improving his pace notably after finishing just seventh quickest on Friday.
“That was actually quite a positive result for qualifying, maybe not the position but the bike set-up was more stable than yesterday which is what we wanted,” confirmed team manager Wilco Zeelenberg.
“We still have space to improve as it's not exactly how we want it. It was also a shame that it was wet at the end as I think it could have been a hot end to the session. I think it'll be a close race tomorrow.”
Lorenzo, winner of the inaugural 2010 Silverstone MotoGP round but one of many fallers in last year's wet race, will start with a 20-ponit lead over Casey Stoner. The Honda rider will line-up third on the grid.