Lorenzo pleased to silence doubters

The Movistar Yamaha rider has come in for heavy criticism this season after beginning the campaign with a string of indifferent performances. Lorenzo currently sits in fourth spot in the championship standings, having registered a pair of fourth-place finishes and fifth position last time out in Argentina.

However, the 27-year-old was in top form on Saturday in Jerez, entertaining his home fans in fine style as he dominated qualifying to take pole position with a time of 1:37.910.

“A lot of people said that I had a crisis and I was down, it was one of my worst moments, but just two days later I rode this impressive lap time," Lorenzo commented.

"That shows that in racing you can‘t say things like “this guy is down, he‘s finished” because the next day he‘s going to be at the front. The opposite is true too, you can‘t say you‘re the best, because the next day you‘re at the back, so we have to be humble and work to take profit of the opportunities. 

"We arrived here with everything being fine and we took profit of it every session. Setting the new pole position record is unbelievable. I rode many impressive lap times in my career, but this one is very special. A 1‘37.9 with these temperatures is very impressive and I am very satisfied." 

Lorenzo's time was 0.390 faster than that of Marc Marquez who came home in second, but while mindful of the challenge his compatriot will pose, Lorenzo is upbeat about his chances of claiming a race victory.

"Marc will be strong tomorrow as always and the Ducati's too, but the race is going to be another story. However our pace is very good and I feel very comfortable with the softer tyre when it‘s dropping," he said.