Jorge Lorenzo was left on the back foot during final qualifying at Valencia as the defending MotoGP world champion suffered a technical issue with his number one bike.
Lorenzo still qualified in second position on the grid behind title favourite Marc Marquez and the Factory Yamaha rider remains upbeat as he prepares to face the Repsol Honda rookie in tomorrow's championship decider.
Yamaha is yet to confirm the exact problem, but Lorenzo said:
“In Free practice 4 we did maybe our best race pace of the year and felt very confident for qualifying, but suddenly the bike lost 50 percent of power and I had to stop. We discussed what happened and decided to try it again.
“I exited the pits and it was the same so I had to return and take the second bike, but the engine [performance] on the second bike is not the same. The engine is older, more aggressive and you cannot ride like with the first one.
“It was a pity but anyway second is a good position.”
Lorenzo, whose best lap in 1m 30.577s left him 0.340s behind Marquez, expects his number one bike to be ready for the race: “I think they have already solved the problem and I will be able to race with the first bike.”
13 points separate Lorenzo from young gun Marquez and the Yamaha star is ready to give his all in the final race of the season.
“We have a big chance to win the race, the championship is more difficult, but we are going to try our best. If we make a good start tomorrow we can overtake Marquez and see what we can do in the race. Let's see...”
Asked if he feels he is riding at his best ever, Lorenzo replied: “I think this year I made some improvement in my riding style that has given me some tenths, also during the last two years I improved a lot the feeling in the first laps.
“So I think at this moment, yes I'm riding my best ever.”