Dani Pedrosa expects a more productive day in Qatar on Sunday after dirty track conditions at the spectacular Losail International Circuit hindered his progress on Saturday.

The Repsol Honda rider improved his pace on the RC213V at the end of the session as he tried out some different fork settings to slot into fifth position on the time sheets with a time of 1m 55.813s.

Pedrosa, who was 0.548s off the fastest time of the opening day recorded by Ducati's Andrea Iannone on the GP15 machine, said: "In Qatar the first day is always difficult due to the conditions of the track. As more rubber is laid down, the grip improves and it becomes cleaner and more comfortable to ride.

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"Hopefully, tomorrow the track surface will already be better so we are able to test more things on the bike."

Both Pedrosa and his team-mate Marc Marquez ventured out onto the circuit at 7pm and 6.30pm local time respectively to ride in conditions likely to mirror those they will face on the race weekend at Losail, which hosts the opening world championship round from March 26-29.