Jorge Lorenzo says an erroneous decision to complete so many laps on his tyre prevented him from making it onto the front row for the German Grand Prix, though he feels confident of a good result from fifth.

The Yamaha rider, who comes to the Sachsenring level on points at the head of the table with Casey Stoner, concedes he hasn't been comfortable on the M1 in wet conditions this weekend, particularly with his pained ankle, but was happier with the machine during qualifying.

Despite this, Lorenzo rarely looked like a pole position threat as the ever-changing timesheets reacted to the improving conditions in the closing stages, the Spaniard's slightly worn tyre forcing him to settle for fifth place, behind fellow Yamaha riders Ben Spies and Cal Crutchlow.

"I feel much better every day, I can manage on the bike quite well but I'm still not 100 per cent. We can do well tomorrow whatever the conditions I think.

"Qualifying was difficult today, we made a mistake with the tyre and did too may laps on it at the end of the practice. Second row is not so bad so let's see. I'd like it to be dry but of course you can't choose the weather!"