Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa was relieved to claim a coveted front row start for the Dutch MotoGP after managing to set a fast time before conditions deteriorated in final qualifying.

Pedrosa was third fastest and joins pole man Aleix Espargaro plus his Honda team-mate Marc Marquez on the front row after setting a quickest time on slick tyres of 1m 40.732s to finish 1.943s down on the Forward Yamaha rider.

"It was really tight to make the lap in the split because we went out and it was raining, especially at the back," said Pedrosa.

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"I was in a group and I couldn't manage to get a good run, but I stopped on the first lap and I got some clear track and I pushed on the second lap.

"At the end of the second lap it was already getting more wet and in the last section I needed more skill, but I could manage to do a good lap, so it was key to be on the front row and that will be important tomorrow."

Pedrosa also used the final minutes of Q2 to gain some time on the wet Bridgestone tyres with the potential for more rain at the legendary circuit tomorrow.

"The mechanics prepared the second bike for the wet and when we saw it was getting wet on the track we went out on the wets," he said.

"It was a long time since we went out on the wets and basically we were just getting set-up for tomorrow, which could be either dry or wet."