Seventh on the grid left Stefan Bradl somewhat disappointed today at Jerez with the LCR Honda rider having just missed out on his goal of a top six qualifying effort after being pipped by Andrea Dovizioso's super-soft Bridgestone shop Ducati at the end of the session.

For Bradl however there was reason to feel encouraged because while Dovizioso and Aleix Espargaro were able to outpace him both riders took advantage of the Open soft tyre to set their fastest time and with tomorrow's race set to be run in sweltering conditions it will be very difficult for the Ducati and Forward Yamaha riders to keep Bradl at bay for 27 laps on the hard tyre.

"The target was to be in the top six and we missed that by a few hundreds but our race pace isn't too bad and we'll try and stay in the top five tomorrow," Bradl told Crash.net. "They (Espargaro and Dovizioso) have a small advantage so you can see that they aren't far from our pace but they have choose their medium tyre in the race so I hope that the hard tyre will be an advantage for us in the race.

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"The key tomorrow will be to keep the tyres for as long as possible because there will be a big drop after five laps, even on the hard tyre. With this much heat the tyre just slides on the ground and generates too much temperature and it never goes away so you keep that temperature until the end of the race."

While he could find encouragement in his grid position Bradl admitted that it's difficult to fathom the pace being shown by Marc Marquez at present.

The reigning world champion, who Bradl battled with for the 2010 Moto2 crown, continued his run of pole positions by setting the pace by over four tenths of a second from Jorge Lorenzo.

"The gap of 1.1s to Marc is too much but he's 0.4s ahead of second on the grid so he's on a really good pace now and it's kind of incredible."