Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Pol Espargaro is looking ahead to the final MotoGP round of the season with optimism after qualifying on the second row.

The premier class rookie secured sixth position on the satellite M1 Yamaha, lapping in 1m 31.307s at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia as he finished four tenths behind pole man Valentino Rossi.

The 23-year-old is aiming to cement sixth place in the championship standings and is confident of his race pace for Sunday's finale.

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"Of course a second row start is nothing to be too unhappy about, even though after our performance this morning, I expected to finish a bit higher up the grid. However, to be just behind the four factory bikes as well as [Andrea] Iannone is definitely a promising position for us to be in for tomorrow," said Espargaro.

"In addition, I remain convinced that we are stronger in the race than what we have shown on the single lap today. The wind was really strong this afternoon so any of the riders were lucky if they managed to have a wind free run.

"I unfortunately made a small mistake on my fastest lap and with these small gaps, you can easily lose a couple of positions," he added.

"However, to be only four tenths from pole is a good achievement and puts us in a good place to fight from in order to end our season in sixth overall tomorrow, which is our aim."