Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso produced another powerful qualifying performance in Austin to qualify on the second row.

The Italian rider, who also excelled in qualifying in Qatar, starts from sixth place at the Circuit of the Americas and ahead of Valentino Rossi on the Factory Yamaha YZR-M1 after setting his best time of 2m 04.873s on his penultimate lap.

"We've been going well the whole weekend, so I'm pleased.

"The track is really nice, especially because the grip is nearly normal now, which makes riding more fun as well," he said.

"The gap to the front is pretty big, but it's sort of like that for many of the riders."

Dovizioso admits the race on Sunday will be something of an unknown quantity, although he doesn't expect tyre wear to have a major impact on determining the outcome.

"The race will be strange because the circuit is new for everyone.

"The tyres aren't wearing because they don't have to work hard here, so I doubt that the performance will fall off much," said Dovizioso

"I managed to adapt pretty quickly to this new track, and I'm pushing hard because in some respects I feel good with the Ducati.

"We know we have limits, but we're working well. I see optimism on the team, because we want to return to the top."



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