Dani Pedrosa believes he could have set a time closer to the pace of the leading Yamahas in today's MotoGP qualifying session at Brno.
Valentino Rossi will start tomorrow's Czech GP from pole position after he and team-mate Jorge Lorenzo dominated qualifying. Pedrosa was third for Honda, half a second slower than the Yamahas, but the Spaniard says there is more speed to come from his bike.
"I'm happy enough with today because we're on the front row and that's the most important thing to achieve in qualifying," said Pedrosa. "I think I could have gone even quicker at the end of the session, but on my final run I had a lot of traffic and I had to do two slow laps until I found a clear track.
"Still, I think we had some more potential to go faster so this is positive. For tomorrow we still have to improve the set-up and achieve a little more consistency in our lap times so that I can run at the front.
"I like this circuit and I've had some good results here previously, so I hope I can make a quick start and fight for the win tomorrow."
Andrea Dovizioso was disappointed to qualify sixth after his victory last time out at Donington Park, but was pleased with his progress during the session and believes he can get closer to the leading bikes in race conditions.
"During the qualifying session we improved the race pace and reduced the gap to the leaders by about four tenths, so this is a positive move," he said. "We were further away than that yesterday and this morning so we're going in the right direction.
"We still need to go quicker if we want to fight for the lead in the race tomorrow, so me and the engineers will be working on a few set-up areas that will, hopefully, give us an extra edge and allow us to compete at the front.
"In terms of the tire choice, we'll be going for the hard compound Bridgestones. There's only a small difference between the compounds but the hard tire is the choice - no question. We'll aim to get the most of the warm-up session and give it everything in the race."