Bradley Smith equalled his best ever MotoGP qualifying result as the series rookie secured a second row start after posting the sixth fastest time at Brno in the Czech Republic.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider clocked an impressive lap of 1m 56.014s to finish less than half a second behind team-mate and pole-sitter Cal Crutchlow ahead of tomorrow's 11th round of the championship.

Smith narrowly missed out on the front row by 0.1s as the 22-year-old continues to grow in stature in his debut season in the class.

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The British prospect has now qualified inside the top ten for the last five races on the satellite YZR-M1 and is focused on replicating his qualifying performance on race day.

"Today was another great day for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. It is very exciting to have Cal on pole position again and from my side of the garage it is a brilliant achievement to be in the top six," said Smith.

"The atmosphere in the team is great and both of us are really looking forward to the race tomorrow. I am less than 0.5s away from pole position and very close to the top three and it shows the progress I am making.

"We've made some changes to the front-end of the bike and it is really working. Now my main focus will be to remain smooth at the start of the race and not make mistakes like I did in Indianapolis."

Smith is anticipating a tough race tomorrow and is determined to make a solid start as he bids to stay in touch with the leading group.

"It is going to be a hard race over 22 laps because this track is very physical and it is very important to keep on a good line," he said. "I will try and get a good rest tonight and be ready for tomorrow.

"Getting a good start like in Indianapolis will be important and then I will try and learn as much as possible."