Ducati duo Andrea Dovizioso
and Nicky Hayden
held station from yesterday's free practice sessions as the pair qualified in ninth and tenth positions respectively for tomorrow's Czech MotoGP race at Brno.
Dovizioso was the happier of the pair with his Desmosedici GP13 after making gains from Friday and the Italian is confident of running a 'decent' pace if weather conditions are favourable tomorrow.
“We knew it would be tough, but it went better than we could've expected before today's sessions,” he said.
“I thought it would be difficult to get under 1m 57s, but I was able to do it. There was a bit of traffic on the track, so I was waiting to get a free lap, and I managed to do a good time on the last lap.
“I'm happy because we were able to improve over yesterday, when it was warmer and it was hard for all the Ducati riders,” added Dovizioso, whose fastest time of 1m 56.825s was 1.298s down on Cal Crutchlow's pole time on the Tech 3 Yamaha.
“Things went better today, both in the morning and in the afternoon.
“The weather conditions for tomorrow are somewhat uncertain, but with this temperature we can have a decent pace.”
American star Hayden, meanwhile – who emerged on top of a final corner clash with Dovizioso last time out as the pair sprinted to the line in a dramatic finish at Indianapolis – was less upbeat.
Hayden, who was 0.154s behind Dovi, said: “If I'm honest, today hasn't been as good as we'd wished.
“We worked extremely hard and tried a lot of stuff to get a better feeling and improve the bike over the bumps and in the turns, but we haven't been able to make any big steps.
“Maybe I confused myself a little bit too. It's certainly frustrating for the gap to be so big, not just to the front, but also to the group ahead of me,” added Hayden.
“In the morning warm-up, we'll see what kind of a setup we can find for the race.”