Alex de Angelis rarely has a 'quiet' race and the exciting, if erratic, San Marinese looks set to inflict his flat-out style on the MotoGP frontrunners after qualifying a career best fifth for Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix.
The Honda Gresini rider hasn't been outside the top five all weekend, wet or dry, and claimed his second-row start despite treacherously wet conditions in Saturday's one hour session.
"I'm satisfied with this result - I've been waiting for a while for a wet qualifying session so that I could get a better starting position," said Alex. We worked really well today - we were fast from free practice this morning and in the afternoon, with a few modifications to the bike, we made further improvements. That gave me confidence and I was able to show that even on a really wet track I can be very fast too.
"I'm also confident about the race because we've found the right feeling with the front. In any case it will be important to get a good start, to make sure I don't lose any positions and to have a good race," added de Angelis, who has taken two fourth place finishes... with his next best result only eleventh.
Meanwhile, experienced team-mate Shinya Nakano took his new factory-spec RC212V to eighth position.
"Riding a new bike in conditions like today without enough time to test it properly isn't easy, but I was satisfied with the lap times we managed in the first session, when the track wasn't as slippery," said Nakano. "Third row on the grid isn't bad but tomorrow it will be important to get a good start and to ride to the best of my ability. My objective is to have a good first race on this bike, improve on our best result so far this season and at the same time provide Honda and my team with lots of useful data."