A new Showa front fork helped Dani Pedrosa put some of his recent Michelin misery behind him as he claimed sixth on the grid for tomorrow’s Misano GP.
The Spaniard clocked a best time of 1.34.398 to still finish over a second outside of Casey Stoner’s stunning pole position.
He said: “I am quite happy because we have improved my lap times and tomorrow I will start from the second row, in the same grid position as last year here.
"It will be important to make a good start because the first corner is very close to the grid and also quite tricky. I’ve improved my rhythm and this is really important to me because I am starting to go fast again.
"We worked a lot on the suspension today, the new fork gives me a positive feeling and it gives smoother performance during braking. I’m feeling very motivated but I still need some time to get back up to full speed.”