Andrea Dovizioso felt he failed to capitalise on the mixed conditions in Q2 at the Dutch MotoGP even though the Italian rider was satisfied with his third row grid place.

Dovizioso's time of 1m 41.140s left him in seventh place on the factory Ducati as he finished behind Pramac's Andrea Iannone in fourth and team-mate Cal Crutchlow, who qualified fifth.

"I wasn't one of the best and I'm not happy one hundred per cent, because that was an opportunity to start more at the front, but seventh position is not bad," said Dovizioso.

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"Normally the position is okay to make a good race and I will try to be consistent. Like always, I say we don't know this bike in the rain and we have to decide the way to use the bike, but it is a big question mark."

Dovizioso was pleased overall with his progress on Thursday on Friday after he finished as the top Ducati rider in FP4, setting the seventh fastest time in the dry conditions.

"I'm happy with the improvement; we changed a little bit of stuff, nothing special, but it was a little bit better for the [corner] exit," he said.

"Our pace wasn't bad - 1m 34.6, 1m 34.7 at the end of the practice - but I think for us in the race it will be hard to fight for fifth, sixth position.

"I think we made a good job this weekend because we improved in every session and we had good pace with the soft rear tyre from this morning and we were able to make 1m 34.7," Dovizioso added.

"I think the drop of the tyre in the race is quite high but let's see what the conditions are in the race tomorrow."