Scott Redding will start today's Grand Prix of Argentina from the fifth row of the grid, after qualifying 13th at the all-new Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.
The 21-year-old Quedgeley rider made changes to the set-up of his Honda RCV1000R ahead of FP4, which brought improvements on the harder compound that looks almost certain to be the tyre of choice for tomorrow’s 25-lap MotoGP race.
Scott was eventually denied entry to QP2 by the narrowest of margins, losing out to Nicky Hayden by mere thousandths of a second in the closing stages of QP1.
He said: “I’m pretty satisfied with how qualifying went, although I’m also a little disappointed that Nicky is in front of us.
"I felt good in FP4 and the changes we made to the front end of the bike allowed me to be pretty consistent with the hard tyre, which was a big improvement.
"In qualifying I just didn’t push hard enough from the start on the softer tyre, so it was my own fault and a lesson learnt for the future.
"I also lost the rear a couple of times on my last two flying laps, losing half a second in just one sector.
"My ideal lap would have been quicker than Nicky’s, so we can take some consolation from that.
"I think the only tyre option for the race is the hard compound. The track is improving and so is the tyre life, so the race could be really interesting for us.”