Friday pacesetter Dani Pedrosa dropped to fifth place on the Repsol Honda as qualifying reached a conclusion at Sepang.

Pedrosa will start the Malaysian MotoGP from the second row, where he will be joined by Jorge Lorenzo and Alvaro Bautista.

The Spanish rider, who was effectively ruled out of contention for the title after he was catapulted from his RC213V at Aragon following a much-publicised incident with team-mate Marc Marquez, feels he paid for a cautious approach in tricky conditions at Sepang.

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"I was a little more careful than normal in the wet spots, but also made a mistake in one corner and lost a lot in section three. This was the main reason for the last lap," he said.

"But I think we have a good pace for the race and just hope to do a good start. That will be key and also wait for the weather.

"We always thought it would only rain in the afternoon, but this weekend it seems like anytime."

Pedrosa is still feeling the effects of his spill at Aragon in the previous round but is hopeful the adrenaline generated in a race situation will carry him through.

"The pain was a little better today. I will do more therapy and hope to be good enough for the race.

"As today, I will take another pain-killing pill for the race. I'm not sure how long it will last," said Pedrosa.

"But what matters most is that at the start you can focus only on the riding, then if the pain comes you are already in the rhythm and you can keep going, let's say.

"If you are feeling pain from the start it is not the same."

Pedrosa's fastest time of 2m 00.692s left him 0.681s down on Marquez in pole.