Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo says the 'small details' have made the difference following the two-time MotoGP world champion's timely return to his brilliant best this season.

Lorenzo has won the last two rounds of the championship at Jerez and Le Mans to close the gap to team-mate Valentino Rossi to 15 points in the championship standings heading into this weekend's Italian MotoGP at Mugello.

The factory Yamaha rider qualified second fastest for Sunday's sixth round of the series, splitting Ducati riders Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso, and will be confident of his chances of clinching a third successive victory at the spectacular Italian track, where Lorenzo narrowly lost out to Marc Marquez following an epic battle in 2014.

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"This morning has been impressive - [in the] final laps I didn't expect to make a 1'46.6 but we put in a new tyre and everything was good," said Lorenzo, who clocked his best lap in 1m 46.584s.

"We improved a lot the bike and I said yesterday I wanted to improve by half-a-second of pace; we didn't get the half-a-second but I think we improved three or four tenths of pace and as always in the qualifying you try your best to make a better lap.

"I think it was a nice lap. [I did] two nice laps, I was the only one who made 1'46 and a half more than once. The first lap was the best one, but I arrived better in the second one but with a little bit more old tyre, so I couldn't make a special lap but it was quite close."

After a challenging start to the new season, Lorenzo finally got off the mark in 2015 at Jerez and appears to have found a sweet spot with his YZR-M1, putting him right back into the title reckoning.

"I think we were not so far from our performance at this moment when we were finishing four or five; [it was] just the small details and now I can ride like I want," he said.

"Today with Ramon [Forcada, crew-chief] back the team has been better because yesterday the guys didn't have the experience to make Ramon's work, so this is important and I want to dedicate this first row to Ramon."

The Ducatis have carried a clear top-speed advantage on the main straight at Mugello this weekend and although Lorenzo would happily accept some extra outright power, the Movistar Yamaha rider is more than satisfied with the overall package at his disposal.

"Yes I would like to have this top speed like them but we have other good things so we have to manage these things in this track," he said.

"The race is very long and if I ride, concentrate and ride good then we have a great option to win.

"But you have to go there and demonstrate it and I always say the race is sometimes different than the race weekend and you have to ride well."