Jorge Lorenzo believes he can finish on the podium in Sunday's Indianapolis Grand Prix, despite the MotoGP world champion enduring a "nightmare" weekend so far.
The Yamaha rider had a terrible time in practice by his standards and could get no higher than sixth in any of the three sessions.
However, after drastic setup changes from his team, the Spaniard said that he had finally found some front-end feel under braking and was able to push hard enough to pip Dani Pedrosa to a front-row grid spot.
He does not expect to challenge championship leader Casey Stoner and his own teammate Ben Spies - who took the top two spots on the grid - during the race, but insists that he will aim for a rostrum finish.
"It was quite like a nightmare before the qualifying," Lorenzo said. "We were lost and especially in the braking area, I had no confidence.
"Fortunately we tried a completely new set-up of the bike for this afternoon and it improved my confidence on braking so I improved the lap time so much and I got closer to Casey and Ben. But we are still a little bit behind so tomorrow it will be difficult to fight for the win, but at least I fight for the podium."