MotoGP World Championship leader Valentino Rossi may have qualified over one second slower than title rival Casey Stoner in the Brno rain, but that was still good enough for second place and the Italian is hopeful of fighting for his second win in succession on Sunday.

Rossi took an epic victory over Stoner at the US Grand Prix, just before the summer break, and believes his best chance of extending his 25 point title advantage will be if dry weather returns for race day in the Czech Republic.

"I hope that we are in good shape for tomorrow, if it's wet or dry. For sure though, like everyone else, I hope it will be dry because the conditions today were really terrible!" said the Fiat Yamaha rider.

"After 20 minutes this afternoon there was too much water and it was impossible to improve the setting of the bike or the time, so I am glad I was able to do some good laps at the beginning.

"I think I can be more competitive in the dry, because also we have a few modifications to try, so hopefully it will be dry all day tomorrow to give us the best chance," he added. "Let's keep hoping and see how we go!"

"We're happy because we've reached our target of getting on the first row despite the difficult conditions today," commented team manager Davide Brivio. "We are expecting tomorrow to be drier so we will try to make the most of this front row to get a good start and then hopefully fight for the win."