Valentino Rossi produced his best qualifying performance of the season so far to secure fourth position on the grid for the Jerez MotoGP.

The Movistar Yamaha rider had been in contention for a front row start until the Italian star was demoted to row two by Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa.

Rossi, though, is feeling confident of his prospects for the race, even if the nine-time world champion seeks to counteract excessive rear wheel-spin in the Spanish heat.

Related Articles

"I wanted to try for the front row but I knew it would be very difficult. In all the practice and also this afternoon I wasn't very far from the top three and my lap time is good," said Rossi.

"I'm quite satisfied because it's the best qualifying and especially I feel good with the bike. We worked well in the practice and I have a good setting. Tomorrow I will try to do the maximum to stay with the top three.

"We still have to improve something with acceleration as with the high temperature we spin a lot. We will decide on the tyre tomorrow when we see the temperature."

Touching on the changes made to his Yamaha chassis between events, Rossi reveals the alteration has made the bike more stable under braking.

"[The change] is something to improve the stability under braking. It looks like we have been putting the tyre under too much stress. It is a small difference but it is a good way for us to understand how to work. Anyway, I like it and I will use it tomorrow."

Rossi's quickest lap of 1m 38.857s was 0.737s behind pole man Marc Marquez and 0.227s adrift of Pedrosa in third.