LCR's Randy de Puniet qualified second on the MotoGP grid, behind title leader Jorge Lorenzo, for the second time in less than a week at Assen on Friday.

It was another exceptional effort for one of the most tightly funded teams on the grid, and there must have been so red faces in the Repsol Honda pits as their riders - Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa - were left in sixth and seventh places.

de Puniet's Silverstone front row turned into sixth place at the flag, but de Puniet's growing confidence means he will surely have his sights set on a podium - even if he won't admit it.

"Everything is going in the right direction for us and we completely deserved this second consecutive front row," said de Puniet. "I am still the Honda fastest rider and the top privateer rider in the classification, so this is not just luck!

"The guys made an excellent job on the bike and I felt more comfortable in this morning second session. Then in the afternoon we took another step forward working on suspension set-up and the bike was close to perfection.

"We have got the pace to run in top five on race tyres, but we need to confirm our mapping for the end of the race when the tyres will drop. I want to thank everybody in the team for their great job."

For Dovizioso and Pedrosa, second and third in the world championship, the search is on for a late set-up breakthrough.

"I set [my best] lap when I was following Lorenzo. We have some front end issues that we need to solve and this is what we want to sort out by tomorrow afternoon - otherwise it will be a difficult race," said Dovizioso.

"We still have some work to do to find the right set-up," commented Pedrosa, the only non-Yamaha winner of the year. "In T1, where we were losing a lot of time yesterday, things have improved a little bit but clearly not enough - and we also have to improve the feeling when I brake because at the moment I can't push to the maximum."