Andrea Iannone gained two tenths a lap after making a change to the electronics on his Ducati GP15 as the Italian qualified in a strong fourth place at the Sachsenring.

It was an encouraging result for Iannone, whose team-mate Andrea Dovizioso could only manage 11th pace on the grid in Germany.

Iannone, who completed qualifying as the top Ducati rider, said: "It's a good day because it's really important to start from the first two rows, especially at this track because it's really narrow, short and not so easy to pass on.

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"But on the other hand it is a little bit difficult situation because the feeling with the bike is not so bad but the other riders are more fast than me. This is the problem!

"But I tried my best and pushed really hard. I give the maximum for today and I hope to improve a little bit for tomorrow with my team, especially in the electronics part, because I tried many settings in the bike but don't change a lot the situation," he added.

"In the other way I tried a different setting for the electronics and the bike improved two tenths a lap, so this is interesting for tomorrow and the race. So for sure I want to focus with my team in the meeting especially on the electronic parts."

Iannone says he hasn't strayed too much with the set-up of his GP15 from the first race of the season in Qatar and admitted he is unaware of the direction team-mate Dovizioso has chosen with the revamped machine.

"At the moment I haven't change a lot. My bike is really the same as Qatar and generally has not change a lot in this first nine races," he said.

"Dovi I don't know. I follow my way and when I look at Dovi I look only at the data and not in the technical parts."

Dovizioso is still recovering from a shoulder injury following a heavy fall during a private test at Mugello but hasn't been forced to alter his riding style as a result.

"No because when you change the style at this level it is a really different situation. My shoulder is not at 100 per-cent but I don't think [about it]," he said.

"I think it's better not to think about my shoulder and focus on the race, my bike, my guys. For sure this track won't be easy tomorrow because have ten corners on the left and it's my left shoulder that is injured but I'll stay focused for the race."

Iannone experimented with new, larger winglets on the side of the GP15 on Saturday and said they provided a slight advantage in the final corner, more in terms of acceleration than preventing the front end of the bike pawing the air.

"Not so much different, but in the last corner these wings help a little bit more," said Iannone, who was 0.693s off the best lap set by pole man Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda.

"Not only for the wheelie. A little bit for the wheelie, but especially in acceleration and in the fast corners it is a little bit better."