Fastest in all three dry sessions so far this weekend, and on pole for the first time in 2011, Dani Pedrosa is surely favourite for his third win of the season at Brno on Sunday - if the rain stays away.

But the Repsol Honda rider, who enjoyed a near one-second advantage over the field after FP1, is aware that title leaders Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo have got steadily closer as the weekend has gone on.

Indeed, Yamaha's reigning world champion Lorenzo qualified just 0.113sec from pole on Saturday, with wet FP3 pace setter Stoner 0.269sec from pole in third.

"It's my first pole of the year and also after a long time, so I'm very happy for that," said Pedrosa, who missed three races earlier in the year after a fractured collarbone. "The weekend has been pretty good for us so far, the bike is working well and I'm feeling good physically as well.

"We made only a few small changes on the bike and this allowed me to concentrate more on my riding, so let's hope we are able to keep the pace tomorrow and fight for a good result. This is the most important thing and we need to keep our feet on the ground because the rivals are close.

"I think we can still improve the bike a little, especially on the chassis side to have better grip, even though I guess that the rain this morning affected the conditions on track which made it more slippery".