Jorge Lorenzo may have qualified as the top Yamaha rider for Sunday's Qatar MotoGP, but sixth on the grid and 0.6s from Andrea Dovizioso's pole time left the Spaniard struggling to hide his disappointment.

Asked if he has a chance of the podium, Lorenzo replied: "Difficult but not impossible. I've seen stranger things happen in racing. You have to always be positive and think big and that it is possible to be on the podium and this is my goal. Then after the race we will speak."

The double MotoGP champion added: "We knew it would be difficult but finally we got the last place on the second row. I didn't get the perfect lap, I think I could be two tenths faster but I made some mistakes.

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"It seems the set-up we had was the best for this track. In the warm-up we will try to make some modifications to find something at the last moment but it's going to be difficult race for us. I will try to do my best riding and best race possible.

"It looks like the less grippy tarmac affects a little bit more our bike. But we are missing some little things in a lot of area: braking, turning in the middle of the corner, traction on the exit and also top speed. We are not the strongest in any part, that is the problem."

Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez will join Dovizioso on the front row for the season-opener.

Meanwhile Tech 3 Yamaha's Bradley Smith and Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi will start directly behind the #99.