Jorge Lorenzo is anticipating another big battle with MotoGP title rival Dani Pedrosa after losing out on pole to the Honda rider by just 0.018s in qualifying at Misano.
Yamaha star Lorenzo, whose championship lead has been cut to 13 point after a last turn victory by Pedrosa at Brno, held provisional pole three times during the hour long session – the first dry track time of the weekend.
“At the end I was able to get much better every lap and improved the bike a little bit. In the end we missed pole by such a little time,” said Lorenzo, who rose from eighth at the midway mark of qualifying.
“We are very close to Dani so I think everybody is waiting for a big battle tomorrow.
“We are both in good shape. We both want to win. It's going to be a hard and tough six races. I think we are both ready, so let's see what happens.”
Lorenzo team manager Wilco Zeelenberg also predicts an exciting race.
“A very hot qualifying session, again Jorge and Dani were very close,” he said. “It was pretty interesting as the first dry practice, the two of them ending up so close should make it exciting for the race.
“The bike feels ok, but it's not perfect yet which is expected with so little dry time. We'll work on it and try to have something even better for tomorrow.”
Tech 3 Yamaha Cal Crutchlow will start alongside the title contenders, on the outside of the front row.