Andrea Iannone found it difficult to hide his frustration at missing out on pole position at Qatar, but looking towards Sunday found many positives, and believes he and Ducati have 'really good possibilities' for the first MotoGP encounter of 2016.
The Italian's attempts at a second ever qualifying triumph in the class were thwarted when, on his flying lap, he found Scott Redding, the Englishman not quite having the pace to challenge the front runners.
Indeed Iannone believes he lost around 0.3s behind Redding, which, by his calculations, would have been enough for top spot in the 15-minute Q2 shootout. As it was, the Ducati man was off the front row, and fourth fastest.
“I was faster than him [Redding] and I found him in the middle,” said an initially furious Iannone. “[He cost me] “Three tenths because he stay right on the apex but OK. This is the life. Sometimes it's this.
“When I arrive for the last lap Scott go really slow at the last corner and when I arrive in the braking point he go inside. So this is the problem. It's better he follow me and not stay in front but, OK, I don't want to talk a lot about this because I understand. But OK. No problem.”
As he inhaled deeply and turned his mind away from his current frustrations, he recognised the day had presented many positives, and although unable to name the names and indeed exact numbers of potential challengers for race honours, Iannone foresees himself in the mix for 25 points come Sunday evening.
“Tomorrow is the race and it's more important. I want to focus on this race. I think we have a really good possibility. In the test I tried the long run. This weekend it has been impossible to try the long run because with the maximum consecutive lap is six laps. For sure it's not so bad but six laps is just the first part of the race. For sure this is really good. On the long run in the test was good. We have a really good pace and I'm really positive for tomorrow.
“It's really difficult to understand this [who will challenge] because all riders are really close. Also in the qualifying one tenth have seven riders. It's completely new this challenge in the MotoGP class. It's like a Moto2 or a Moto3 [race]. It's really good but in the race it's difficult. In the winter test we don't understand what is the real potential from everyone.”
Pushed on tyres choice, the Italian also revealed that he has yet to make a final decision. “At the moment I don't know whether to use the hard one or the soft one. For sure we will decide at the last moment. I don't worry a lot because the tyres are not so bad.”