Jorge Lorenzo is optimistic he can fight for victory at the Malaysian MotoGP regardless of the weather conditions on Sunday.

Lorenzo came out on top in the wet afternoon session at Sepang, which was delayed due to a tropical storm after FP1 had been held in the dry.

The Movistar Yamaha rider was 0.242s ahead of Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez on the time sheets, but Lorenzo was also in contention in the dry, finishing FP1 third fastest and only 0.037s down on Dani Pedrosa.

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"The race will be held at 4 o'clock this weekend but it would be better if the race was at 2 o'clock because at 4 o'clock it usually starts to rain here," Lorenzo said.

"We hope to either have a completely wet race or a completely dry race, but not something in between because that would be difficult for everyone.

"In the wet I was really satisfied and happy. Midway through the practice I was pushing really hard and was feeling very good. My lap time was two seconds quicker than anyone else," he added.

"Finally Marc and Dani improved at the end of the practice, but at that moment I was really fast. Valentino was having some problems, so this means our setting was working very well and I was feeling great on the bike."

Lorenzo said his third place finish in FP1 was 'like a second place' given that Aleix Espargaro set his time on the extra soft Bridgestone rubber available to Open class competitors.

"On the dry in the morning I also felt good from the beginning. I finished in third, which is like a second place because Aleix put on the extra soft tyre," he said.

"Dani seems to be strong here on the dry, like always, but I think we can fight for the win."