A frustrated Scott Redding was left disappointed after struggling for a fast lap time to haul himself further up the grid at Aragon.
The British rider, who scored a maiden premier class rostrum in the previous round at Misano, will start from row five after failing to progress to Q2.
Redding managed a best time of 1m 48.674s and is joined on row five by top Open class rider Eugene Laverty and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS prospect has finished in the top six in the last two races but faces an uphill battle in Sunday's MotoGP race from 14th place.
“The feeling is okay with the bike but, once again, the lap time just isn't there. Sometimes I feel that we can get the lap time but not the rhythm,” Redding said.
“Here at Aragon I feel that we have the rhythm but the lap time definitely isn't there. This is the most frustrating thing for me. I'll have to see what happens in the race tomorrow but it's frustrating when you should be going through to QP2 but you can't.
“Starting from the fifth row makes things more difficult for tomorrow, but the race is long, so I need to see how things pan out.”