Jorge Lorenzo feels a mistake on his final lap cost him the chance of a front row start for the Japanese MotoGP but the Movistar Yamaha rider says he is 'very confident' nonetheless.

Lorenzo, who won the corresponding race last year, starts alongside Marc Marquez on row two after posting the fifth fastest time in qualifying, but the Spaniard has high hopes of taking his second victory in quick succession after coming out on top in the weather-hit 14th round of the championship at Motorland Aragon.

"I'm a little bit frustrated because although the lap time is not bad, probably I could have been a little bit faster on my last try because I made a mistake by shifting down before the last chicane I lost too tenths which would probably have put me on the front row," said Lorenzo.

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"Valentino [Rossi], [Andrea] Dovizioso, Marc [Marquez] and Dani [Pedrosa] all did a good lap time and I didn't make the perfect lap. But the important thing is that our pace is very good. I'm very confident.

"My feeling on the bike is probably the best it's been all season. So let's hope that tomorrow it doesn't rain and that we can show our potential.

"It will be important to make a good start and try to overtake some riders in the first lap," he added. "But the race is very long and keeping a consistent pace will be key. Let's hope to fight for the win."

Lorenzo briefly dropped to seventh in the final moments of the last qualifying session but sealed his place on row two with a lap in 1m 44.784s, only 0.009s behind Marc Marquez and 0.282s off Andrea Dovizioso's pole time on the Ducati GP14.2