Jorge Lorenzo has admitted he’s still not completely happy with his race pace despite taking pole position for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix. The championship leader pipped Dani Pedrosa in the closing stages of qualifying on soft tyres but doesn’t feel comfortable enough yet to use them in race conditions.

“We made a very good lap at the end of the session with the new ‘qualifying’ tyre. In the middle of the practice we struggled a little bit because we had a bit of chattering and the rear tyre wasn’t working as well as it had been in the morning session. We need to still work a little on our pace as it’s not extremely good yet but we have some options for tomorrow. Let’s see what happens, it’s going to be a long race in difficult conditions.”

Yamaha teammate Ben Spies will start from the outside of the second row in sixth place and accepted he didn’t have the pace to threaten the front row although he hopes that will be different tomorrow.

“Qualifying was good, we had good pace in early in the session but when it came down to putting in that one fast lap we didn’t quite have enough. We also wanted to bring the bike back in one piece and not a broken one like we’ve done a few times this year. We’re looking forward to tomorrow and getting stuck into the race.”