Jorge Lorenzo is confident his high ratio of five 2m 00s lap times in a 14-lap simulation is proof of the Yamaha's progress in 2015, with the two-time premier class champion confident the statistics will enable him to challenge 'for the victory' at Sepang.

Lorenzo was fifth fastest on the final day of the opening test in Malaysia behind Valentino Rossi, lapping in 1m 59.624s.

Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez's blistering 1m 58s lap grabbed the headlines, but Lorenzo is more focused on his race pace rather than one 'explosive' lap.

"It went very well. I think that in the morning everyone tried to make their lap time and we used two tyres like everyone else," he said. "Our fast lap was not as explosive as the Honda's and it looks like last year when Marc was able to make the pole position.

"Today [Dani] Pedrosa could profit from the new tyre and also today the track was really fast. Not so much for myself, when I tried to make the lap time I had some problems under braking that were similar to my problems yesterday.

"It looks as though the others had problems yesterday that they didn't have today so we improved the setting for the braking but we had no more new tyres to try and improve the lap time," Lorenzo added.

"The race is 20 laps and it's impossible to do the 1m 58s or '59s for it and the race pace will be 2m 00s; we made five of those in the 14 lap race simulation so that looks pretty good for us to be able to fight for the victory.

"Obviously I would like to be closer over a single lap but they did better today in that pace and were more explosive over one lap but the race is over 20 laps and our five 2m 00s is very good, I've never done that before."

The Movistar Yamaha rider is much happier with the M1 than he was at the corresponding test last year at Sepang and although there were no new parts to test, he is expecting 'big things' at the second test later this month, when Yamaha's full seamless gearbox, allowing clutchless downshifts as well as upshifts, will be available.

"I'm happy with the bike but we still need to do something but in general the bike has improved and my physical condition is good, just as it was in the race simulation so I'll go away happy," he said. "We had no new parts but we expect big things in Sepang 2.

"This track is always difficult for Yamaha, the last victory was for Valentino in 2010. To have similar pace to Dani is positive and knowing that Marc was slower than Dani is another positive. Here at this particular track we need two or three tenths of pace but when we arrive at the tracks that are better for our bikes it will be different.

"The feeling completely different this year. I feel strong physically and this gives you more confidence when you don't get tired. The bike has improved and I'll arrive in Qatar strong. I think that we can do a good job from the beginning," he added.

"To be honest we struggled with grip in the race simulation, maybe less than the race in 2014, but we need to work on rear grip in acceleration and improve our braking. We are still braking before the Honda and if we can brake at the same level as them and have our corner speed I think that we can fight a lot.

"Pedrosa has always been very fast here and we needed two or three tenths to compare to his race simulation but knowing this track is one of the worst for us is very good."

Lorenzo Race Simulation lap times:



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