Andrea Dovizioso says his quest to make it three MotoGP podium finishes in three consecutive weekends won't be hampered by his failure to get on the front two rows for the Italian Grand Prix.
Determined to repeat his podium-winning performance of twelve months ago around the Mugello circuit, Dovizioso was in the mix for three-quarters of the session, but slipped down the order in the closing minutes.
Blaming 'a moment' on his flying lap for failing to qualify higher than seventh, Dovizioso feels his race pace is good enough to fight at the front regardless.
“I am quite happy because my race pace is fast and consistent and we have done a good job in that area again this weekend," the Tech 3 Yamaha rider said. "Each session I have improved my feeling with the bike but I feel we still have some margin with the front of the bike because I feel quite at the limit.
"Right at the end of the session I nearly crashed so we need to try and improve the bike to help the lap time come easier. The start will be very important as once again I have to start from the third row of the grid. But in the last few races when that has been the case I have fought for the podium, so I am not hugely worried.
"I think I can be lapping in the low 48s tomorrow but in the heat it will be a tough race. Lorenzo seems to be a bit faster than the rest of us but I am sure I can fight with the others and I would love to give the Italian fans another podium.”