Valentino Rossi was reasonably satisfied with his performance as the Italian star claimed a second row start for the Catalunya MotoGP.

Rossi ended final qualifying in fifth spot on the Movistar Yamaha, 0.305s down on pole man Dani Pedrosa.

The Movistar Yamaha rider concedes he hasn't yet found the pace to match Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez at the Spanish track, but Rossi has vowed to continue working hard to close the gap to the trio in Sunday's race.

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"I'm quite satisfied with this afternoon's result because the target was to stay in the top five and I am there at last," Rossi said. "For sure the front row is always better and makes things easier but the three Spanish guys in front have showed to be very strong.

"They have a great pace whilst mine is not at their same level at the moment. Later today and tomorrow morning we'll try hard to improve the bike and stay with them, hopefully closer than we are today.

"As for the tyres for the race, I guess everybody is going to use the medium rear tyre, while the choice for the front is still open and will depend on tomorrow's temperature and weather conditions."

Rossi had been as low as 10th until he climbed five places up the time sheets with a late lap of 1m 41.290s, slotting into fifth, 0.070s behind Stefan Bradl with the pair joined on row two by Forward Yamaha's Aleix Espargaro.

Although the three Spaniards fill the front row, Marquez is certain that Rossi will step up in the race.

"Valentino tomorrow will be there. One thing is qualifying and another is the race. To see the race pace you have to check FP4 and in FP4 the rhythm of Valentino, Jorge, Dani and me was really close. It will be a tight race."