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 set-up 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 team-mate 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."
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