Andrea Dovizioso admits he will have to be aggressive from the outset of Sunday's German Grand Prix after an "unhappy" qualifying left him on the third row.
The Italian, who has captured two podiums in the past three races, said he remains confident his race potential is higher than he was able to demonstrate on Saturday.
He did however express his concern about starting so far down the grid given how difficult overtaking can be at the Sachsenring.
"I am little bit upset to be starting from the third row because this track is very tight and it is very hard to overtake on," Dovizioso said.
"Obviously it is better to be starting much closer to the front and I didn't manage it, so I will need to be quite aggressive from the start tomorrow to make sure I don't lose too much ground to the leading group.
"I can't be too disappointed though and we improved the rain set-up of the bike a lot today and I think my potential for the race is a lot higher than eighth.
"If the rain is as bad in the race as this afternoon then it will be a very tough race. The track was very slippery but I had a good feeling and I'm sure we have prepared the best we can for a wet or a dry race."