Jorge Lorenzo has predicted an ultra-tight battle for victory at the German Grand Prix on Sunday.
The defending world champion qualified his Yamaha third on the grid after a storming final lap that brought him up from fifth and made him the top non-Honda rider in the session.
The Spaniard believes that the tight and twisty nature of the Sachsenring – and its relatively short 2.3-mile length – will prevent the Hondas of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa making a break from the front of the grid. The top 10 bikes in qualifying were covered by a second.
"There are lots of riders who can have a good pace [in the race]," said Lorenzo. "Plus it is a short track with a lot of laps, so this will help this."
Lorenzo, who lies second in the championship behind Stoner, said that he expected to be stronger in the race as his Yamaha handles better on hard race tires than soft qualifying rubber.
"I've had a good weekend with the hard tire, but with the soft I can't feel the bike so well – especially the front. We'll race on the hard so it should be OK."