Jorge Lorenzo says he put it all on the line to secure a front row start for the Catalunya MotoGP.

The Movistar Yamaha rider took second place behind Dani Pedrosa on the YZR-M1 as he bids to build on his battling runner-up finish in a MotoGP classic behind Marc Marquez at Mugello in Italy last time out.

Lorenzo, whose best lap of 1m 41.100s was only 0.115s behind pole man Pedrosa, said he took a few gambles on the brakes in his pursuit of a hot lap.

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"I made a very good lap, I risked a lot, especially in the braking to make it. Finally we made a good setting for this track, it's hard because with the track and temperatures it's hard to make the bike stable," said Lorenzo.

"Tomorrow we will try to make it even more stable. We hope to remain consistent and strong like in Mugello to fight for the win again.

"We all hope it doesn't rain because a wet race would be difficult to judge. It would be great to win, everyone wants to."

With five minutes remaining on the clock Lorenzo was demoted to fourth by LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl, however with a minute still to go Lorenzo pumped in a flying lap to secure second place and a front row place ahead of his home Grand Prix.

Lorenzo was especially pleased to have significantly improved on his lap time from last year's event, despite a one litre reduction in fuel and the problems he has had with the 2014 tyre changes.

"With the tyre for this year it is difficult to make a stable bike. We did it in Mugello but here it has been harder. The grip of the [2014] rear tyre is less, so I'm very happy to improve on the lap time of last year by half a second.

"I'm on the front row but [I am] especially [pleased] that after Mugello the improvements we made are also working here. We've had to work a bit more in the acceleration but in the braking from the first moment the bike has felt very well, so compared to last year when I made 1m 41.5 I can make 1m 41.0 - it's half a second of difference and I think this is because we improve the braking," Lorenzo added.

"We just need to improve a little bit to attack tomorrow after all the hard work. It's very hot and it's been a long time since we have felt it this hot, maybe from Malaysia last year, but it's not a big drama for me because I feel good physically and I think we are quite well for tomorrow."