Jorge Lorenzo looks to be in contention for a fourth successive Mugello MotoGP victory after qualifying on the front row for Sunday's race.

The Movistar Yamaha rider has endured his worst ever start to a premier-class season with just one podium from the first five rounds, but feels he is in good shape - technically and physically - for the race.

"I'm satisfied with third place because it's important to start in the first row here to try to avoid some problems with the first laps and be with the front group," said Lorenzo, who will line-up alongside Honda's Marc Marquez and Ducati's Andrea Iannone.

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"I feel like it's a second place because Iannone [second] has extra soft tyres that can maybe get some extra tenths. I'm happy with the lap time, but more I'm happy with the consistency and the work we've done with the bike.

"Yesterday we had some difficulty setting up the bike, but today we modified the settings to get more grip on the rear and the bike seems to be working well. So we are not going to be doing experiments in the warm-up like at Le Mans," he added, referring to a last minute set-up change that backfired in France.

Despite the qualifying performance, which saw Lorenzo lap 0.251s behind the unbeaten-in-2014 Marquez, Lorenzo insists he is far from back to best.

"Circumstances are different to last year. The tyre is still not the best for me but we are doing a good job. I think we still have a lot of potential to improve the bike, especially in braking, but it's going better and better.

"I also feel very strong physically, which wasn't the case in the last few races, so I think we can keep a constant high-pace tomorrow."

Lorenzo is currently fifth in the world championship.