Jorge Lorenzo has warned Casey Stoner that he has a major fight on his hands if he is to win tomorrow's German Grand Prix after both qualified on the front row at the Sachsenring.
Championship leader Stoner took his sixth pole position of the season but Lorenzo was in touch in third and after setting the pace in Saturday practice, has shown he has the potential to challenge the Australian on race day.
The reigning World Champion is predicting a competitive battle at the front of tomorrow's race, and expects his Yamaha YZR-M1 to be right in the middle of it.
“It's been a strong weekend so far. I've never felt great on this track but this weekend I'm riding fast and feeling comfortable. It was a pity at the end of qualifying that the soft tyre didn't improve anything so much. In the end I couldn't make pole position but I think third position on the front row is a good place to start tomorrow for the race; I got it by just 0.010! Casey is very strong but I hope to be ready to fight for the victory with him. I think the fans will see a great race as there are a lot of riders who can fight for the win.”
Teammate Ben Spies' weekend has been blighted by a cold that has left him feeling decidedly unwell. The American admitted to feeling slightly better on Saturday but felt he could have qualified higher than fifth had it not been for a mistake.
“Today was definitely better. I'm still not 100% but I'm feeling a lot more clear headed on the bike. We were able to make the bike a bit better and I was able to ride better today to get into the top five. I made a mistake on my last lap, totally my fault, two corners to go I lost the rear, then saved it but then lost the front as well which cost me a tenth. It might have made us a little closer to the front but we're still in the middle of the second row so we can put a good race together tomorrow.”
Team Director Massimo Meregalli is excited at the prospect for a thrilling race on Sunday, and agrees that a victory is up for grabs for Yamaha.
“It was a good qualifying session; the gap to the front is almost nothing. I think we solved most of the problems we had this afternoon with Ben, he is quite satisfied so I think tomorrow he can do a really good race. Jorge had a really good pace and I think tomorrow he can fight for the win.”