Home British MotoGP pole sitter Cal Crutchlow fears he will be 'blasted' by the Ducatis in Sunday's Silverstone race.
The Honda LCR rider took pole by almost one-second in the qualifying rain, but dry weather is forecast for the race.
With limited long run data for the slick tyres, Crutchlow is predicting 'a lottery' - with the only certainty being that the factory Desmosedicis of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso will be formidable in a straight line.
"I think we are going to get blasted by the Ducatis if I'm really honest," Crutchlow said. "It's just ridiculous now. The things are so fast.
"Sure, Marc's got a good pace, Maverick's got a good pace, Valentino's got a good pace, if he finds something tomorrow morning. But the Ducatis - they should be riding around smoking a cigarette compared with us. Because the thing is that fast.
"We have a video system [filming] all the accelerations - and this is a circuit where we are not struggling particularly for the wheelie - but they are gaining three tenths on every exit onto the straights. Which means we have to ride six tenths faster than them around the rest of the track. Minimum."
Crutchlow tips the Ducatis to run the softer rear tyre, a tactic used by Iannone for victory in Austria, and admits he is also prepared to take a gamble.
"It's going to be a lottery with the front and rear [tyre choice] tomorrow. I think the Ducatis will run the [soft] rear and some other guys who are maybe struggling for pace will run the soft rear to try and get away early. There will be some gambles I think. I don't think people will play it safe tomorrow. I won't be. I'll gamble. I've got nothing to lose."
Last year Crutchlow was taken out by then team-mate Jack Miller on lap 3 of his home race. In qualifying he didn't take any chances...
"I had Jack behind me for the first lap and I thought, 'f**k this, I'm pulling over!' And then he crashed a corner later and I thought 'see!' "
By Peter McLaren