Jorge Lorenzo is optimistic he has the longevity to stay with the Repsol Hondas in the Spanish Grand Prix as he looks to crack the stronghold currently held in MotoGP by Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

The Movistar Yamaha rider emerged as a strong contender for pole position on the YZF-M1 after going fastest with his first attempt, the former champion setting a time that would prove too good for Pedrosa and, initially, Marquez.

However, Marquez's savvy strategy of getting three runs in would prove fruitful as he snatched the top spot with his final effort, in doing so breaking Lorenzo's six-year old Jerez MotoGP lap record.

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Even so, Lorenzo was pleased to be up on the front row again as he continues to fight his way back from a dismal start to the 2014 MotoGP season, the Spaniard confident he can take the challenge to Marquez and Pedrosa.

"We tried our best to make the best lap time, but unfortunately with the second tyre I don't know why I it didn't feel the same, it felt a little more slippery which is why I didn't improve my lap. The goal was to stay in the first row; that was important.

"Obviously pole position would be better but the most important thing is to start well tomorrow, I think we have a good pace so we can definitely fight at the front. It will be important to stay close at the front for the first couple of laps, the rear tyre is going to drop a lot but I feel physically good as I did last year which will be very important for the race."