Qualifying third on the grid was only of partial consolation to MotoGP World Championship leader Casey Stoner, who concluded day two of the Czech Republic Grand Prix still needing more feedback - and less chatter - from his Repsol Honda.
"We hoped after yesterday that we could improve the feeling in the bike this morning but unfortunately it was a wet session, so we couldn't use it as we would have liked to," explained the Australian. "Also, the session didn't start too well with a fast crash in turn three which lost us some time and obviously dented my confidence a little.
"Then this afternoon we started to get a little more feedback from the bike, but all in all we didn't really make a big step forward or improve it significantly from yesterday's first session. We seem to be getting more and more chatter as the weekend progresses and the more I push the more it increases and the slower I get, so it's a little frustrating.
"I felt qualifying could have been better, we almost lapped with the same time on old and new tyres but in general we have a lot of work to do.
"We're obviously happy with front row, but we're not really where we want to be with t he bike and there is still a lot of work to do. We're looking forward to tomorrow and I'm sure we can find some improvements in time for the race".
Stoner will start behind team-mate and pole sitter Dani Pedrosa, plus title rival Jorge Lorenzo, who trails Stoner by 20 points.