Dani Pedrosa is eager to capitalise on his front row start and return to the MotoGP rostrum at the Sachsenring in Germany.

The Repsol Honda rider clinched the second fastest time on the RC213V behind team-mate Marc Marquez, setting his best time in 1m 20.628s as he finished almost 0.3s down on the world champion.

Pedrosa, eighth at Assen after making a disastrous start from fourth, said: "Finally, a front row start and it is very important that this track, especially because the beginning of this track is very tight.

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"So it's really a good result to be on the front row. Unfortunately I had some trouble with Cal [Crutchlow] in the first lap but we could go out on the second tyre and do a good lap and I'm happy for that lap.

"In Assen I didn't have a good day but it is looking better here and working a lot on the set-up of the bike, so we hope to try to do a good start," he added.

"Since 250cc [has had a strong record at the Sachsenring] so I'm happy to be here and looking forward to doing a good race. Like I said, Assen was not a great race so I hope this time I can do a good race.

"The front tyre choice will also be important. Marc has a slightly stronger pace than mine, but we will try to do well."

Pedrosa, responding to a question over whether he or Marquez was hungrier for victory on Sunday, said his goal remains to try to win each race he starts.

"It's always the goal to try to win and it's a long time [since previous victory last season] but being injured, and now recovering so we are getting closer every time, except last GP," said Pedrosa.

"So I am happy to have the front row and to have the chance tomorrow and I really look forward to getting a victory for me and for my team."