Ducati Team's Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo rides his Ducati during the qualification of the Moto GP Grand Prix of the Czech Republic in Brno on August 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Michal Cizek (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo will start the second half of his maiden season with Ducati from the second row of the grid. The Spanish champion just a tenth of a second behind his fourth placed teammate in sixth place with a time of 1'55.552 on the Brno Circuit.

In the morning, Jorge was inside the top 10 at the end of the FP3 session, thus guaranteeing him access to the all-important second qualifying session that determines the first four rows of the Czech Grand Prix.

Jorge was encouraged by improvements made to the bike over the course of the day and is determined to get a solid result on Sunday.

“Today we managed to improve several aspects of the bike and we were able to lap all day in dry conditions to get a better idea of the new fairing. Even though we lose a bit of top speed, I'm still very satisfied with the way it performs: I need more downforce at the front and this new aero package makes me a lot more confident,” he said.

“Despite the fact that they cancelled my first time, we did a good qualifying session, and so on my second run I couldn't risk as much as I would have liked while trying to go for an even quicker time.”

“The second row is OK for me, but the most important thing is that we have a good race pace, as we did at Jerez. We'll have to see what the weather is going to be like tomorrow but, even if it were to rain, I think we can fight for the podium.”

Round 10 of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship, will be held over 22 laps and will get underway tomorrow at 1400 CET.