Jorge Lorenzo began Saturday at the Aragon MotoGP in eleventh place and 'very far' from the pace, during what was the first dry session of the weekend.

But he finished the day with second place in qualifying, just 0.1s form pole, equalling his best start yet as a Ducati rider.

"We were very far away this morning, a little bit because yesterday we could not practice in the dry and I still need some more time with this bike to understand how I have to ride at the maximum," Lorenzo said.

"That's why I struggled so much this morning, but little-by-little also with some modifications each practice we've been better and better."

Lorenzo's slow start to the day meant he was forced to take part in Qualifying 1, which ultimately worked to his advantage.

"It was good to be in Qualifying 1 because it gave me 15 more minutes to understand things and I was ready to do a '47 in the last run in Qualifying 2.

"I'm very happy. It's my third front row of the season, but probably the most unexpected."

A double Aragon winner for Yamaha, Lorenzo feels he's finally starting to exploit the strengths of the Desmosedici, which is tied for the title lead in the hands of team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

"I've started to like this bike a lot, that you have to ride completely or very, very different from [the Yamaha]," he said. "Each race I get something new and something that makes me faster. That's very positive and I think our pace in FP4 was very good. Tomorrow anything can happen, but I think with a good start we can have a good race."

A good start is exactly what Lorenzo got last time at Misano, when he rocketed into the lead of the wet race… only to fall after a mapping change.

"Better not to remember too much about that because it's makes me very angry!" he said. "But it can happen, normally I don't make so many mistakes. but in those conditions you just needed to change a small detail to lose the rear.

"But we've learned from that and I think we are more competitive each time in the dry, which is the normal circumstances."

Lorenzo's preference for front end stability means that, despite the long back straight at Aragon, he is running the full Ducati wing fairing.

"For me it's very important always to feel the front on the ground. Stability on the front," said the triple MotoGP champion. "That's why I have more benefit from the new fairing.

"The big one [maximum winglet spec] has slightly more front contact, so that's why even if I lose even more speed on the straight I want to use it for the rest of the track.

"Riders that don’t need so much this front contact can benefit from the top speed in the straight [with the normal fairing], without suffering in the corners."

Lorenzo, like pole sitter Maverick Vinales, hinted that he is strongly considering using th soft rear tyre for the race, but much will depend on morning warm-up.

Dovizioso will start the race from seventh place, 0.5s from Vinales.


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