Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso hopes to have a clearer understanding of his competitiveness at the conclusion of this week's MotoGP test in Qatar.
Dovizioso was seventh fastest as the night test commenced on Wednesday at the Losail International Circuit, lapping in 1m 56.388s to sign off on day one nine tenths behind the Movistar Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo.
The Italian rider, though, believes there is still plenty more to come as the premier class frontrunners build towards the opening race of 2016 at the same circuit on March 20.
“In this moment it looks like the Yamaha riders in the last two tests are a little bit faster, but still the lap time of today is not on the limit of everybody and also because the quantity of the tyre is not so big, so everybody manages everything in a different way,” Dovizioso said.
“The consistency [of the tyres] is very good but the point is, if you do a long run – ten laps – the tyre doesn't drop, so this is really good. But when you put a new tyre in, you don't have a special grip like normal, so it's not easy to do a really good lap time.
“I think it will be a very difficult situation to be in the first ten riders in the weekend and for the qualifying to start in front: that will be an important point and a difficult point for the race.”
Looking ahead to the final two days of the test, Dovizioso said his feeling with the Desmosedici was still not 'clear'.
“We have to see the quantity of the tyre for the next two days because that is the limit. In the last two days we want to do many things but I don't know if we have the right tyre and the tyre we like to do all the test,” he said.
“(Today was) good, but the feeling is still not clear because I did my fastest lap after 20 laps on the tyre, so this means we don't have everything under control.
“It's positive because we have a margin but it's not easy to manage the situation because every time we start in a different track you almost start from zero, because how you have to ride the bike is really different from the past, so it is not easy,” he added.
“Lap by lap your feeling improves and sure, I think there is a margin tomorrow and the next day to improve, so we will see really the pace of everybody to understand our level.”