Jorge Lorenzo may have set a formidable race pace during practice at Brno, but the reigning MotoGP world champion could only qualify fifth on the grid for Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix.

Lorenzo had been a constant presence in the top two prior to qualifying but, like several other high profile riders - including team-mate Valentino Rossi - he lost out during the time attack on new rubber.

The Spaniard's best lap was 0.422s behind satellite Yamaha pole position holder Cal Crutchlow.

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"I couldn't take profit from the potential of the new tyre, like Bautista and Crutchlow did," said Lorenzo. "Marc [Marquez], Dani [Pedrosa] and worst of all me could not. I had so much spinning. I don't know why.

"Second row is not the best, but not terrible. The soft tyre looks like it will be our race tyre. It will be hard to last the race. The pace from all the top riders is quite similar so it's going to be important to get a good start and try to overtake some riders at the beginning and then we will see how we are."

Lorenzo will start the race 35 points behind title leader Marquez and 14 points from the second Repsol Honda of Pedrosa.