A downcast Jorge Lorenzo felt he was denied a certain front row start for the Dutch MotoGP after rain wreaked havoc on final qualifying.

The Movistar Yamaha rider failed to clock a fast time before the circuit became too wet and will start Saturday's race from ninth place on the third row.

Lorenzo held his hands up afterwards and said he made a mistake with his strategy after allowing a number of riders through to take up the running in Q2, but the decision backfired.

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"The pace is not bad, we depend too much on the rear grip but the pace is one of the best. It was a pity to have this rain," said Lorenzo.

"I made a mistake with my strategy - I tried to let some riders in front but they didn't want to push. It was a pity because I think with dry conditions we could stay in the first row, but it was dry but spitting in some places like normal Assen circumstances.

"Like this it's very difficult to go with slicks and understand the limit of the track. You can feel good in two or three corners and suddenly arrive on one corner and it's wet and you crash," he added.

Lorenzo will have to fight his way through in the early stages of the race to have a chance of challenging for the rostrum, but with tricky conditions expected the two-time premier class champion may have his work cut out.

"The pace is good but obviously it's not going to be easy to overtake the in theory slower riders tomorrow," he said.

"I hope to pass some people on the first corners and little by little move up. The race is long and if we have a good pace we can fight for the podium."

Lorenzo's quickest time in Q2 of 1m 42.259s was 3.470s behind pole man Aleix Espargaro but over one second quicker than team-mate Valentin Rossi, who was also caught out by the conditions and will start from twelfth.