Jorge Lorenzo said third place on the front row was the best he could have hoped for at Sepang, which he described as one of Yamaha's 'worst tracks'.

Lorenzo is optimistic he can match Honda's Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa for race pace tomorrow, when he will attempt to claw back more ground on team-mate Valentino Rossi in their battle for second place in the MotoGP World Championship.

"I am very happy with third place on the grid, because I knew that apart from the factory team some of the other Honda riders like [Stefan] Bradl or [Alvaro] Bautista were going to be fast too. In the end I managed to claim the front row," said the Movistar Yamaha rider.

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"I tried to get the pole position, but compared to Honda we needed just a little more acceleration when exiting the corners. I think we are getting closer in terms of race pace.

This is probably one of the worst tracks for Yamaha, but I am very satisfied with the work we're doing. The bike is very good in all sectors; under braking, corners and acceleration.

"Tomorrow it will be impossible to ride similar lap times, especially when the tyres start to drop," added Lorenzo, whose lap time of 2m 00.203s was 0.230s behind Pedrosa in second and four tenths of a second down on pole man Marquez.

"If you're able to ride 2'01 laps it will be very good effort for trying to win the race. I would prefer the race to be dry, but if it rains I think we're ready too."