Jorge Lorenzo described the final qualifying session at Sepang as a 'dangerous situation' after the reigning MotoGP world champion survived some big moments on his way to fourth place.

Lorenzo will start from the second row of the grid in tomorrow's Malaysian MotoGP after losing a few tenths as he erred on the side of caution following two near-misses.

A heavy burst of rain moments before the beginning of Q2 affected one section of the track, creating a difficult scenario as riders pushed for a fast time.

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Factory Yamaha rider Lorenzo's best lap of 2m 00.578s put him 0.567s behind pole man and championship leader Marc Marquez, who has an advantage of 39 points at the top.

"It was a dangerous situation because you feel great on the corners until turn five, the track was perfect, then you arrive at turn six and the track was almost wet," said Lorenzo.

"I was lucky that Wilco [Zeelenberg, team manager] told me to pay attention in turn five - actually it was turn six, but I was already a little careful after his comments.

"I entered very slow, but I still almost crashed. And also on the next lap I was a little bit faster and in turn seven I think I touched the white line, had a big moment and almost crashed.

"After that I thought today is a big risk in these two corners. So I tried to push at the maximum for the rest of the lap, but with a certain margin at those two corners. That is why from turn five I lost a few tenths, maybe half a second," he added.

"But the other riders also did very good laps. Marquez a 2m 0.0s. A very good time. Cal and Valentino also. They were very fast for most of the track like me, but at those corners they were faster. More brave."

Lorenzo had struggled during free practice on Friday with mid-corner grip and acceleration issues but made a big improvement with the M1 on Saturday, even though he is still battling wheelspin.

"We were focussed to improve the rear grip - everywhere; braking, middle of the corner and acceleration," he said.

"We still need to improve in acceleration, we have too much wheel-spinning, but compared to yesterday the bike is much better.

"If it's dry the race will be very tough, very long, but we have a constant pace. Marc, Valentino and Dani they also have a good pace this time. So it's going to be a competitive race," he added.

"The problem is it is probably going to rain at 4pm [race start]. In the rain it is completely another sport, so let's see what happens."