Ben Spies had to settle for a second row start at Aragon after running in the top three for much of the final qualifying session in Spain.
Spies, who had topped the times in the wet at Aragon yesterday on the Factory Yamaha M1, eventually qualified fourth, but the American was in no mood to complain as he looks forward to tomorrow's race.
Riddled with bad luck this season, Spies was relieved to stay upright today after a number of riders including Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi
and Dani Pedrosa
were caught out.
He set his quickest lap minutes from the end in a time of 1m 49.748s to miss out on the front row by 0.172s.
It was the first dry session at Aragon this weekend, although there were some damp patches around the circuit.
“In the end we weren't too far off the fastest guys,” said Spies.
“The session was quite tricky in the beginning, very slippery in parts and quite different to when we tested here.
“In the end we did an ok job, we didn't make a perfect qualifying session but honestly speaking after seeing some of the crashes I was probably being a bit cautious,” he added.
“It was the first dry session of the weekend so it's quite hard to go full speed that quickly.
“The bike is working well so a good warm up tomorrow morning and we'll be ready for the race.”