Scott Redding was left disappointed after his early promise in free practice failed to materialise as the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda rider qualified down in 17th place.

Redding began Friday on a high as he ended FP1 and FP2 in seventh and eighth places respectively, but his final best lap of 1m 48.120s in qualifying placed him on row six.

"I've felt good all weekend and then we got bumped down into Q1 which was frustrating. I tried to make the lap time in the qualifying session but I kind of went back to my old style of being aggressive and the lap time didn't come," said the British rider.

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"You have to be so smooth and so gentle [to be fast] but when you have to go for a lap time how do you go faster? That was my question because I'm always trying to be smooth so it's hard to know how to get more.

"It's difficult because you're rolling smoothly and you're already on the limit so where do you find the time. That's what I struggled with. It's a disappointing because I was faster in FP4 on an old tyre so we have to see in the race what we can do," he added.

"We'll need a good start and then I'll have to get my head down and be consistent."

Redding bemoaned the extra soft tyre option available to the Open class riders, which he says hands those competitors eligible to use the compound a significant advantage.

"The extra soft tyre for the open bikes is quite an advantage around here because there's so many changes of direction here and lots of picking the bike up on the edge," Redding said.

"That was quite difficult for us because even with the Suzukis if they can get a slipstream on the straight it's not so bad for them. It is what it is and in the big picture I shouldn't have been in Q1.

"I've had a good rhythm and if I could have found a tenth we wouldn't have been in this situation. You see so many people doing different times with different tyres and I'm not sure what they'll be able to use in the race," he added.

"We have to see what we can do because we've had good consistency for the top ten so we've got to keep trying to improve."

Redding is also struggling with edge grip on the RC213V and feels as though he is 'dancing on ice'.

"I was riding round with Marc [Marquez] and could hang on to him a bit more than usual so maybe some of the Honda riders have issues," he said.

"I'm struggling with rear edge grip, not compared to the Hondas but compared to the other machines, I'm always dancing on ice with it. The corner entry slide isn't a big issue and the main thing for me is getting on the gas when I feel that I'm losing out a bit.

"When I was behind Dovi I could hold with him but if I get in a dog fight with him it will be a bit of a pain in the ass."