Dani Pedrosa is heading into this weekend's Qatar MotoGP with a positive attitude in spite of a troubled pre-season build-up with factory Repsol Honda.

Handling problems continue to present a real challenge for the Honda riders following this year's switch to a control ECU and Michelin tyres

However, Pedrosa is expecting to see some light at the end of the tunnel as the 2016 championship roars into life with opening free practice on Thursday at the Losail International Circuit.

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"I'm going to Qatar with a positive attitude, even if the test we did there wasn't completely satisfactory. We've made some progress with the electronics, but we have to improve further with the chassis set-up and make the tyres work better," he said.

"I expect things to go a little better for us this week compared to the test. We're probably not yet where we'd like to be, but it's important to remain positive, especially because with the many changes that have been introduced this year, I expect a greater balance among the performances of the riders compared to the past, at least in the beginning.

"Losail isn't among my favourite tracks, but I've got five podium finishes here so we must stay focused, work to improve our bike set-up and be ready to get the most from what we have and from the situation."

Pedrosa was only tenth quickest overall at the final pre-season test in Qatar, a full second off the pace of Jorge Lorenzo for Movistar Yamaha.