Cal Crutchlow was left to curse a mistake which cost him a vital two tenths of a second on his final qualifying run, effectively denying him MotoGP pole position at Mugello.

Crutchlow was the fastest Honda rider on a day that saw Marc Marquez struggling outside the top twelve. Still, the Englishman wasn't content with a second row start, 0.168s behind pole-sitter Andrea Iannone.

"I'm an imbecile because I made a mistake on my lap," Crutchlow said on Saturday afternoon. "I lost two tenths in one corner and that would have been pole. Nothing would have given me more delight than doing that in Mugello!

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"We knew Ducati were going to be really strong in the qualifying with the soft tyre. Iannone took advantage and left the pit lane so fast to catch Lorenzo. I'm disappointed to be on the second row but this is racing. I haven't been on the front row all year. I made my own bed and I have to lie in it. Not that it matters too much because you'll see Marc fighting for the podium even though he's so far back."

Looking ahead to Sunday's race Crutchlow believes he has the pace to be competitive after spending much of the day lapping on used tyres.

"I have no doubt in the race tomorrow we'll be competitive. Maybe not as competitive as some of the others but at the moment I'm quite happy. I feel good on the bike and have done a lot of laps on old, used tyres and we've done some good lap times.

"It's going to be a long race tomorrow. Last year I only managed a few laps. The year before I stood on the podium and it was easy to be honest. I just rode around.

"Tomorrow you're going to have to be on your best game to be on the podium. Lorenzo is away with it. Then Valentino is going to be there. I think you'll see a few guys there that you don't expect to be there for a certain amount of time. We need to get away and go from there."

Crutchlow, who currently sits sixth in the championship standings, one place ahead of Bradley Smith, pinpointed the third sector - which contains the spectacular Arrabiata sweeps - as areas in which the Hondas struggle. He is hoping to find a solution before Sunday's 23-lap race.

"It seemed yesterday sector one was bad for us. Now it's sector three," he said. "If you look at me, Dani and Marc over practice we're nowhere. In the actual position we can be tenth, eleventh or ninth in the sector. I feel we're so much faster and we're trying to improve. There are three fast corners there in that sector. We need to look into that more."