Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa
rued a costly error on the final lap of qualifying as he was beaten to the pole spot by team-mate Casey Stoner
Pedrosa had led the way before rain halted play but in the end had to settle for second place on the grid, just one tenth of a second behind Stoner.
“We did a very good job in all the practice sessions and I'm happy with qualifying, even though I missed the pole position at the very end,” he said.
“The target was to be on the front row because the first corner here is very close and tight, and to work hard to get a good race pace, I think we did everything well.
“We improved the feeling with the front tyre a little and I'm really looking forward to confirm this in the race tomorrow,” added Pedrosa.
“The times are very close again but the key point will be the race pace.”
The diminutive Spanish ace highlighted the importance of tyre choice at Assen tomorrow.
“I feel good, the bike is working well and we just need to make the correct tyre choice, because the weather can be uncertain like it was in Silverstone,” he said.
“It looks like the soft tyre gives you a lot of potential but for the race distance we are not 100% sure, especially on the left side which is softer.
“Here it is important to have good stability out of the corner and with the hard compound you get it, so we will need to wait and see what the conditions are like tomorrow and do the best in the race.”