Dani Pedrosa feels he missed out on the chance to beat Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner to pole position after running off course on his final qualifying lap around the Circuit de Catalunya.
The Spaniard was expected to be Stoner's closest challenger for pole position as the minutes ticked down, but while he was fast on his first flying lap with a soft set of rubber, his second and final set were ruined when he braked too late into Caixa and ran off track.
With riders improving around him, Pedrosa was eventually forced to settle for fifth position, but while the man himself was frustrated to miss out on a home soil pole position, he is otherwise satisfied with his race pace.
“It was a difficult qualifying session because I spent a major part of the hour testing the used soft tyres and I was down in the classification,” he said. “But I was not worried because I knew that I had two new soft tyres for the end of the practice. When we put the first one on, I immediately improved my lap times and I jumped to second place then on my final flying lap I braked too late, I had a big shake on the bike and I ran wide.
“From this side it's a pity because I missed my chance at pole position or, at least, the front row of the grid. Anyway, I'm happy with the work we did yesterday and today's preparation for the race and for me this is always the most important thing. Let's see if together with my team we can improve the bike slightly for tomorrow and be ready to give 100 per cent in a hard race.”