Andrea Dovizioso has no doubt he has the pace to challenge for a podium spot at Aragon tomorrow.
Dovizioso was outshone again in qualifying by his Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Cal Crutchlow, who notched his third front row start in succession while the Italian finds himself in sixth place on the second row.
Nonetheless, Dovi – who is on his way to the factory Ducati team next season – isn't unduly worried by his position on the grid as he plots a route to the top three at the Spanish track tomorrow.
He figured prominently during the final session on the YZR-M1, pushing for a top three position that looked a certainty with five minutes remaining before he was forced back to row two.
However, Dovizioso only managed two of his planned five flying laps towards the end of the session after he was baulked by slower riders.
“It has been a particular session this afternoon with quite tricky conditions as qualifying was the first dry session of the weekend and with the low temperatures we had to use the soft front tyre, which is normally unusual for this track and for my riding style,” he said.
“I can't push as hard as I would like while braking on corner entry, so we will probably use the hard option in the race tomorrow without having it tried before.
“I'm still really happy with my feeling with the bike. I could have been faster during the last run but I did just two of the five planned flying laps because I found some slower riders on track,” added Dovizioso.
“I'm confident that I will be able to fight for the podium tomorrow, but it will be important to make a good start to stay with the leading group during the opening laps.”