Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro made some progress with the GSX-RR for final qualifying at Misano but was unable to finish higher than tenth.

Both Espargaro and Maverick Vinales were forced into Q1 and while Espargaro progressed to Q2, Vinales was only fourth fastest and had to settle for 14th place overall.

Espargaro has identified a lack of acceleration and effective power delivery as his main problems and is aiming to challenge inside the top 10 tomorrow.

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"We improved the machine from yesterday and now we are a little closer to the top. Yesterday we had many issues with the grip and today things went better, even if the problem's pretty the same," said Espargaro.

"We lack some acceleration and we can't deliver effectively our power to the ground, but today my crew did a great job; Tom [O'Kane, crew chief] made some good settings that helped me to limit power-sapping wheelies.

"Beside the qualifying time I believe that my pace improved a lot so I will try to make a good start and keep contact with the top 10 tomorrow."

Vinales was unhappy with his performance, which he admitted was his most disappointing effort of the season so far.

"I'm unsatisfied with the day; this was probably the worst qualifying of the year for me," he said.

"When we came here for testing, my lap times were faster but more importantly our capability to set the machine-up competitively was much higher.

"Here we couldn't find the proper set-up, I felt the bike sliding a lot and I couldn't get close to my previous times. It's a pity, we worked a lot here to prepare for the race and now that we are in a race situation we can't find the solution," he added.

"Anyway, with the hard tyre, I don't feel so bad and my pace is pretty consistent and fast, so I will try to recover as many places as I can at the start and keep in contact with the top 10 tomorrow."