Andrea Dovizioso has vowed to be aggressive at the start of the German Grand Prix after qualifying on the third row at the Sachsenring.

Having come into the race looking to maintain the momentum of his podium finish at Assen a week ago, Dovizioso was bumped down the order in the closing stages of wet qualifying to land in a fairly disappointing eighth place.

Admitting to being 'upset' with the result, while Dovizioso is more confident in the Tech 3 Yamaha's race set-up, the tight and twisting nature of the German circuit means he has his work cut out to make it to the front.

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"I am little bit upset to be starting from the third row because this track is very tight and it is very hard to overtake on. Obviously it is better to be starting much closer to the front and I didn't manage it, so I will need to be quite aggressive from the start tomorrow to make sure I don't lose too much ground to the leading group.

"I can't be too disappointed though and we improved the rain set-up of the bike a lot today and I think my potential for the race is a lot higher than eighth. If the rain is as bad in the race as this afternoon then it will be a very tough race. The track was very slippery but I had a good feeling with the YZR-M1 and I'm sure we have prepared the best we can for a wet or a dry race."