Jorge Lorenzo was forced to improvise during Saturday's MotoGP qualifying at Jerez, when his tactic of three flying runs came undone after the first pitstop.
The reigning triple world champion was already waiting at the end of pit lane when the 15-minute session began, the reason for his impatience becoming clear when he posted just one flying lap before diving into the pits for his second bike.
But the Spaniard then discovered a problem with his rear tyre and was forced to return for his original bike. The Qatar winner then delivered a 1m 38.858s to claim second on the grid, 0.122s behind Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.
“I tried three tyres because I was competitive on my first flying lap all weekend. But the rest of the riders only used two tyres so maybe this time that was the best strategy,” Lorenzo said.
“Anyway I tried my best, the pity was that with the second tyre was vibrating on the rear and had no grip in the corners so I had to cancel the lap. Luckily the third tyre was good and I was fast enough to stay on the first row which was the target.
“I was angry with my second tyre,” he confessed. “When you choose a strategy of three tyres and one of these three tyres fail you, it doesn't give you so many opportunities to make the fast lap.
“Also you lose focus a little bit and you cannot get the maximum in the last minutes.
“Anyway I think it was a great lap time, maybe I lost too much in sector three, I lost three tenths compared to Rossi. But sometimes this happens. Someone goes faster than you and you have to accept it.”
Lorenzo's attention is now focussed on the race, which he won in dominant style one year ago.
“We worked so many hours to find the best set-up and finally in FP4 we found it and I made a great first five laps, very fast compared to the rest. Then obviously the rear tyre starts to drop, but I could keep '39 high comfortably. Let's see if we can repeat that in the race, with this pace I think we have the chance to fight for victory.”
Joining Rossi and Lorenzo on the front row will be world championship leader Marc Marquez.
“Marc is fast in all the practice, but you know long race, for sure it is going to be important how the two bikes will react when the rear tyres start to drop. For the moment I'm happy with my bike and let's see if at the beginning of the race I can make the difference. If not we'll have to be strong at the end.”