Jorge Lorenzo said he was made to pay for a mistake in his fitness strategy for the Malaysian MotoGP as the Movistar Yamaha rider took third place behind Marc Marquez and team-mate Valentino Rossi.

Lorenzo had qualified on the front row in third place and led in the early part of the race only to drop back in the closing stages, conceding more ground to Rossi in their battle for second place in the final championship standings.

The Spaniard later claimed his fitness let him down in the searing heat at Sepang and admitted: "I'm not very happy."

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Lorenzo explained: "The conditions were very hot all weekend, especially in the race - I think the hottest since I've been competing. Today you had to be very fit to finish the race in good shape and I think I wasn't, because we made a strategy to train softer and I arrived at the weekend very tired.

"It was our mistake and today my physical condition in the middle of the race wasn't the best, so I was losing a little bit and also with the hard tyres so we have to say that Marc and especially Valentino - because here it is very difficult with our bike to stay fighting for the win - were really good," he added.

"They improved some of the settings and it will be interesting to understand how they can do it. I couldn't do much more.

"Also we had some problems in the fuel tank and under braking I was going forward with my body and I'm not very happy today."

Lorenzo is 12 points behind Rossi in third place with one round remaining at Valencia in Spain on November 9.