Jorge Lorenzo says his Movistar Yamaha team is creeping closer to 'perfection' and working better than ever as he attempts to close the gap in the MotoGP World Championship to team-mate Valentino Rossi.
Lorenzo is 23 points behind the Italian but is hopeful of gaining some ground on Sunday at Motorland Aragon after qualifying second fastest, 0.108s behind Marc Marquez, who smashed the pole record on the Repsol Honda.
“I'm really pleased, very happy and very proud of how we are managing the weekend – on the box and on the track. I feel that in the box we have more concentration than ever and also I am riding very well,” Lorenzo said.
“To be in 46'7 with our bike – it has improved a lot during the last year and especially in this track, because it has always been difficult for us. It makes me very proud of our speed, our pace.
“We are working very well, every time better and better. We know more details of how to improve the bike and we are getting closer to perfection. In this track especially, every time we go out we improve a little in some corners.”
Lorenzo adopted a three-tyre strategy in Q2 and closed to within one tenth of Marquez's stunning time on his second run, but feels he lost around two tenths on his third attempt, blowing his chance of clinching the top spot.
“It's really difficult to fight with Marc [Marquez] for the pole position because as I always say, the Honda is very explosive and together with Marc, who is explosive, aggressive and very quick, always you have to have a bit of luck and to ride almost to perfection to beat him,” said the two-time premier class champion.
“Today I tried, but it was not enough in my second try. I tried in the third run to push a little bit more, but the front was not new, so in some places, especially on the braking, I lost probably two tenths and even with a very fast last sector it didn't give me the pole position.”
Lorenzo is confident with the race set-up of his YZR-M1 after lapping consistently fast in FP4, but is taking nothing for granted after inclement weather affected the previous two rounds at Silverstone and Misano.
“Especially in FP4, I was very happy and very proud of my pace because the bike was working very good and I was able to concentrate on being very precise,” he said.
“It looks like we have our set-up for the race tomorrow but in a race you never know what can happen, but it looks like we can have a good pace and a good race.
“I hope that when I wake up tomorrow and I see the sky it will be sunny, but you cannot control that and if it rains I will try and improve my results in these conditions from the past.”
The 28-year-old's goal is simply to gain as many points as possible on Sunday as he bids to reel in championship leader Rossi.
“The goal is to try to get the maximum points possible and try to win for 25 points, but it's not going to be easy because Marc and Dani and probably after Valentino will be there with a good pace," Lorenzo said.
“Maybe with a good start it is possible to open a little gap but if it doesn't happen, the race is very long and there is a big drop on the tyre on the left, so it will be very important to manage this.
“I'm very confident but racing is racing and you never know what can happen."