Jorge Lorenzo feels inspired by his stunning pole lap at Valencia he bids to end his nine-year Yamaha association on a winning note in Spain n Sunday.
Lorenzo was more than three tenths faster than Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez as he smashed the lap record at the Ricardo Tormo circuit for pole with a time in 1m 29.401s.
The Mallorcan, who won the corresponding round last year to clinch his third MotoGP world title, said he feels highly motivated for the final race of 2016 after a 'perfect' qualifying session on the M1.
“For the moment I can say that in my last race with Yamaha, I made a pole position – it is not bad. For sure, tomorrow is the important thing in the race and I will try to fight for the win, but the qualifying has been impressive,” said Lorenzo, who will team up with Andrea Dovizioso at Ducati in 2017.
“I feel very motivated, very confident with the tyres and the tarmac, so I could race my top level today and make a very quick lap, improving two tenths every time I put a new tyre. Today I was inspired and everything I tried was working. If I pushed more and more, the bike stayed and I didn't crash, so it was my day and I am very proud.
“It was perfect. In the morning it was quite cold but in the afternoon it was perfect conditions for the tyres and here we have very good tyres, like in Brno and Misano. With these tyres I can reach my top [level] as a rider,” he added.
“One thing is to make one lap with soft tyres, another thing is to make almost 30 laps in a good pace with other tyres. But it is okay because we improved the bike little by little, the bike is coming better and better in all the corners and the tyre decision tomorrow will be very important, but we have plenty of time to think about it. I think with both tyres we are competitive and we have our chance to fight for the win.”
Lorenzo sealed pole in his maiden race for Yamaha in MotoGP in 2008 but said his performance on Saturday probably resonates more.
“My first race with Yamaha, 2008, was pole position and my last race is pole position, so not bad. 2008 was unexpected, even in the test I finished first also and I didn't expect to be in pole position,” he said. “When I was 20 I didn't expect so much the good moments, like now, so this one I probably know how to enjoy more.”
Lorenzo hopes to secure third place overall in the standings but is wary that Suzuki's Maverick Vinales is waiting to pounce should be make any slip-ups.
“I think I will see during the race with the board and it depends on the position. I will know where Vinales will be tomorrow,” Lorenzo said.
“For sure I would like to fight for the win and win the last race, but I want to fight for the best place in the championship, so we will see in the race.”