The Camel Pramac Pons team were left scratching their heads after final qualifying at Valencia, when Max Biaggi failed to beat either his pace from one year ago on a Yamaha or pre-season testing, while team-mate Tohru Ukawa was also slower than a year ago.

Unusually for the precise Biaggi, he was unable to say what was specifically troubling him - making solutions difficult to find.

"Tomorrow we will make some slight adjustments, but we will not make drastic changes on the set-up because I do not think it will be useful," said the Roman. "Judging by the time I set, I clearly have problems because I set the pole position here last season at a circuit which I like, yet we have also lapped slower than we did in preseason testing here."

Biaggi will line-up sixth on tomorrow's grid, and set-up problems aside, his cause was hampered by pitting too very late for his final qualifying tyre - forcing him to ride hard on his out lap, ruining his chances - as technical director Antonio Cobas explained.

"Max came in when there were only a few minutes remaining which meant he had to push on his first lap out of the pits and when he was on his flying lap the tyre was not in the best condition," said Cobas.

Ukawa will start three places further back and is now pining his hopes on the warm-up.

"I cannot be happy because I hoped to be further up the field today and I could not even improve on my times from last year's race," said the Japanese, rumoured to be making his last MotoGP start tomorrow. "We are experiencing problems with acceleration and we have not managed to solve it after trying many things. This afternoon we will have to work hard to try and find something that can help us improve and then to test it out in the warm-up."



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