MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo couldn't contain the 'explosive' pace of Marc Marquez in Silverstone qualifying, but feels far more confident for Sunday's race.

Fastest on Friday and again on Saturday morning, Lorenzo needed to dig deep to snatch second place from Dani Pedrosa in qualifying, setting a time 0.288s slower than Marquez.

"I'm really satisfied with this second place because I gave everything," said Lorenzo, a three-time Silverstone winner. "I was really happy with my first lap, but when I saw I was in third I was really surprised by the level of everyone in qualifying.

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"So I needed to push even harder to find the two tenths that gave me second place. I knew that making pole position was really, really hard because Marc and the Honda are very explosive to make one single lap.

"So for us it is always difficult to get pole position, but my lap was enough to stay on the first row. That was the goal and I think if we can improve some small details for tomorrow we can have a good pace."

Lorenzo had languished 0.9s behind Marquez in FP4, but insisted it wasn't a true reflection of his race pace.

"The thing is that I used a new tyre at the end of FP3, that's why I had [a 0.459s advantage] over Marc because he stayed with the same tyre. But he had saved one new tyre for FP4," Lorenzo explained.

"Finally he used the hard one, but he feels very good with the hard. Instead we got a used tyre from the morning and at this track every time you exit the box with old tyres you feel the difference a lot.

"So it was because of this and also we tried a different set-up that wasn't good. But with new tyres to be honest I feel great and let's see if we can keep a constant pace in the race.

"A dry race will be perfect for everyone. If it's raining it will be very different for all the riders, but we have to adapt to every situation."

Lorenzo and Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi are tied on 211 points, with Lorenzo taking the top spot due to five race wins compared with three for the Italian. Rossi will start from fourth on Sunday.