Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith was left disappointed after qualifying on row four for the Japanese MotoGP at the demanding Twin Ring Motegi circuit.

Smith had been running as high as sixth in FP3 but slipped down the order as the day progressed, eventually finishing in 10th position on the satellite YZR-M1.

The British rider's time of 1m 45.044s was around half a second from pole-sitter Andrea Dovizioso and only less than three tenths behind Dani Pedrosa in third, giving Smith some consolation as he targets a big improvement in Sunday's race.

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"On one hand it's positive to be just half a second from the pole position, yet to be 10th is a little disappointing but it shows how close things have been today," he said.

"I am very happy with the work we undertook as we focused on race simulation to make the bike as consistent as possible for tomorrow's race.

"Furthermore, we continuously improved the lap time with the end result being much better than yesterday and I am very pleased to have been able to do a 45.0. The performance of the bike was good and the team did a great job, it's just a shame that 10th is the final outcome despite our strong showing, but that is MotoGP," Smith added.

"Now we will check the data and see exactly where I can improve tomorrow and I am confident in saying that we will be much higher than tenth, so I aim to get a great start and then see how well I can do.

"It will be a tough race at this demanding race track, but I must be as smooth as possible and make no mistakes in the first five laps, especially in the hard braking areas."