Dani Pedrosa hopes a clean start in the British MotoGP at Silverstone will help fire him towards a rostrum challenge on Sunday.

Pedrosa missed out on a front row start by 0.289s as the Repsol Honda rider qualified in fifth position, setting a best time of 2m 01.464s as he finished 0.635s down on pole man and team-mate Marc Marquez.

The only rider to win a MotoGP race this season other than Marquez after a deserved victory at Brno in the previous round, Pedrosa says a clean start will be pivotal to his chances.

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"I think the key for tomorrow is a good start; the first corner is quite close to the start line and it's important to get a clean start and a clean first few corners," he said.

"Last year I was stopped in that section so I hope this time to do it better, so I can move forward from the beginning. The key of the race will be the rhythm, it's a long track and you need to keep speed up all the time.

"We can see that Marc is very strong but as well [Andrea] Dovizioso is riding very good this weekend."

Tyre choice will also be critical, with the fluctuating temperatures at Silverstone creating a wait and see scenario on the morning of the race.

"Even though the track didn't feel any warmer than yesterday, I think we had more tyre temperature today. This was important and maybe the wind was a little less, which also helps," said Pedrosa.

"But in general the lap times were a lot better. We have to wait for tomorrow and if it's sunny, the tyre choice can be different than the one we used today, because we tried the hard rear and I wasn't really happy with [it].

"If it's sunny I think the track changes a little bit and this can make a difference for tomorrow. It's a possibility [running hard rear if it is warmer on Sunday]," he added.

"If it's colder, I think for everybody it's going to be similar. If it's colder the tyre is not giving the grip, but also the tyre is not that stretched."