Jorge Lorenzo is optimistic that he can take the fight to Dani Pedrosa in tomorrow's San Marino Grand Prix, despite the Honda rider's strong form so far this weekend.
Pedrosa was fastest by 0.6sec on Friday then took pole by 0.3sec over Lorenzo today. But having been unhappy with his Yamaha's handling yesterday, Lorenzo was more content after qualifying, and though he is convinced that Pedrosa's Honda has a power advantage, he is upbeat about his chances in race trim.
"We have improved in every practice, so I'm confident for the result tomorrow. We have good pace," said Lorenzo. "Unfortunately, we didn't take so much profit from the soft tire [in qualifying].
"Anyway, our bike is not the fastest [on the straights], but I think we can make better speed in the corners, so we have motivation for tomorrow."
While Pedrosa has been the man to beat so far this weekend, he was cautious about his prospects for the race. He said he had given it everything in qualifying as he was anxious to be ahead of any potential trouble at the tight first corners.
"At the end of the session I was, of course, trying to get some good lap times because I know how tight the first two corners are, you don't want to get involved in something, so it was important to be on the front row," said Pedrosa. "But we have to still work on the race setup and I hope we can get some improvement for tomorrow."