Andrea Dovizioso expects to be in contention for a podium finish at Brno tomorrow after qualifying in fifth position on the Tech 3 Yamaha.

Dovizioso was upstaged by team-mate Cal Crutchlow in the Czech Republic, but the Italian - who has had the upper hand over his British rival this season - remains confident he can challenge for his sixth podium finish in eight races.

His fastest lap of 1m 56.559s was less than 0.3s behind Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, who secured the final place on the front row in third.

Dovizioso - fourth in the MotoGP World Championship standings - is satisfied with his overall pace, but remains concerned with front tyre grip on his YZR-M1.

"The times we made are really good and I'm really happy with my pace for the race. The difficult point is the same as yesterday, even though the conditions are a lot different," he said.

"I am close to the limit on the front, especially over the race distance, but I think it will be tricky for everybody.

"I'd like to improve in this area for the race but I also made a little mistake in calculating when to use the soft tyres," he added.

"I went out quite early with my last soft tyre so I didn't have the chance to improve my time right at the end like I normally always do."

Dovi conceded that he had anticipated being closer to pole-sitter Jorge Lorenzo, but nonetheless the Ducati-bound star remains unfazed by the task ahead tomorrow.

"I had hoped to be closer to Lorenzo but I think we can still be in the fight for the podium again tomorrow," he said.

"This track is very strong for Yamaha with all four of us in the top five but the key will be the weather.

"The forecasts are predicting rain so everything could change."