Andrea Dovizioso refused to be too downcast after posting his worst MotoGP qualifying performance of 2015.

The man who sits second in the world championship could qualify no higher than eighth on Saturday and was unsure whether his lack of pace was due to track conditions or a wrong set-up direction.

"The first row was impossible for me because my speed wasn't good enough," said the Italian. "But the second row, it was possible I believe. Yesterday we were close to the fastest lap so we have to understand that if the way we make today was wrong, or it was just about the condition we found this afternoon.

"It was very difficult for everybody because they did most testing yesterday [but] on the pace we are not so far."

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While team-mate Andrea Iannone notched his second straight front row placing, Dovizioso struggled in the first two sectors of the track.

"In T3 and T4 is the place where I really lose a lot. I believe is the speed in the middle of the corner that is the negative point for me. We have to understand that."

The 29-year old will be forced to make more adjustments in morning warm-up, something he isn't keen on doing. Although he remains positive a solution to his problems can be found.

"We have to study all the data today to understand what we want to try tomorrow in the warm-up. Normally it's not something I want to compare to make working in the warm-up, especially because tomorrow in the morning it is much more slow compared to the afternoon. But if we understand something we can make it more better. [It] Can be interesting."

When quizzed on what his tyre choice will be ahead of Sunday Dovizioso said, "I believe we will race with the same tires, extra hard front and medium hard for the race."