James Toseland says he is 'disappointed' to lose his front row grid slot at the Nurburgring, but admits he did make an unintentional mistake.
The Yamaha Sterilgarda rider turned around a dismal first day of competition around the German circuit, one that left him down in 18th position, to put in his best qualifying performance since Kyalami with a run to third.
However, officials would later demote him to eighth place when he was revealed to have left the pit lane for SP3 ten seconds before permitted to do so.
Despite this, Toseland was pleased with his performance as one of only four riders to break into 1min 54secs and is now confident he can make up ground from the back of the second row.
“I've really enjoyed riding around the Nurburgring, it's pretty new to me as I've not been here for eleven years. Unfortunately I exited the pit lane apparently on a red light, I didn't do that intentionally but I've been penalised so my third position grid start has been taken away and I've been put back to eighth on the second row of the grid.
“The first two rows are really important here because the first corner is very tight. I'm obviously disappointed about that but the officials have taken that stance, I can't really argue with it I just have to comply, that's the rules. I'm still looking forward to two good races tomorrow.”
Five-time pole winning team-mate Cal Crutchlow endured a tough Saturday, the Silverstone winner starting just behind in tenth after struggling with grip.
“We struggled a bit today with the lack of grip from the tyres. I seemed to go faster on my race tyres than my qualifiers which was frustrating.
"I think we are up there with top five race pace, but it's not easy to pass here so getting through the field is difficult, everyone is on the same sort of line and times are really similar. It's going to be difficult to make some moves so I'm hoping for a good start off the line.”