Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo says he is feeling 'quite confident' for the opening race of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar on March 29.

The final night of the pre-season test at the Losail International Circuit was wiped out due to rain and although Lorenzo had been eager to try a variety of different settings on the YZR-M1, he is optimistic of his prospects for the first race of the campaign.

"We couldn't ride today because of the bad weather conditions at Losail. It was raining all the day and because of these circumstances we were not able to profit from a final day of testing," said Lorenzo.

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"It's a pity because we planned to check out different settings, but it's the same for everybody. We are quite confident even if our rivals have also improved a lot. After Sepang we had some good feelings and Qatar was a bit more difficult. The track was so slippery, especially the first day.

"The second day we could manage in a better way and we felt more comfortable on the bike but at this track it's always tough because of the track conditions," added Lorenzo, who was also encouraged after making some gains with Yamaha's full seamless gearbox at Losail.

"Overall the pre-season was good for us. We have a good bike, especially compared to last year and we gained something with the new gearbox. The bike has a good basis and we think we have a big margin to improve while developing."

Lorenzo is still seeking improved grip, in particular from the rear, but is adamant he will arrive in Qatar ready to make his presence felt in the first race of the new season.

"The grip is not perfect and we struggle a bit with the rear, but in general the bike's behaviour is quite good," he said. "Hopefully we can improve for the race weekend and be ready for the first fight of the season. We're eager to kick off this exciting season we have ahead."