World champion Marc Marquez failed to secure a front row start for the first time this season but the Repsol Honda rider remains confident of challenging for his 12th MotoGP victory of 2014 at Misano.

Marquez qualified in fourth place for the San Marino round, the first time he has finished outside the top three since Barcelona last season.

The 21-year-old is lacking confidence with the front end of the RC213V and used qualifying and final free practice essentially to work on improving the set-up of his Honda.

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Nonetheless, Marquez's fastest lap of 1m 33.360s was only 0.122s behind pole man Lorenzo and he remains upbeat on his chances for Sunday.

"Yesterday it was raining and for everybody it was the same, but today we were struggling to find the best set-up and we used that 50 minutes to find a set-up," said Marquez.

"Of course I was pushing for one lap, but I was more concentrated on finding the set-up; it was my decision because I think it is much more important for the race.

"Now it is time to work well and try different things for the warm-up but I am happy. Okay, we are on the second row but we are one tenth slower than Jorge and the Yamaha riders are stronger at the moment, but tomorrow we hope to be one step in front," he added.

"It was difficult, but it was my decision. There was two ways - to work on our pace or to try different things and I decided to try different things because I am not comfortable. But we got a lot of information; I was missing confidence with the front and I was trying to find the set-up and get information."

Marquez will have another opportunity to fine-tune the set-up of his Repsol Honda in morning warm-up and will also place major emphasis on making a strong start from row two in his efforts to stay in touch with Lorenzo and Rossi.

"Tomorrow in warm-up we will try a different thing but we can be competitive because we are only one tenth behind them," said Marquez.

"It's a difficult track to overtake riders on, there are two or three passing points but it's difficult because the track is really narrow but we will see. I will try to push on the first laps to try to be with the Yamaha riders.

"The problem is that I am not consistent [at race starts] but Honda is working on some things and this year we improve, but I would like to improve a little bit more on that aspect," he added.

"My confidence is high; we are not on the front row but we are only one tenth slower. We will try to do our best but if for some reason the Yamaha riders are stronger here then the target is to try to take some points for the championship."