Malaysian Grand Prix polesitter Dani Pedrosa says his margin over the field would have been greater but for traffic delays on his best lap.
Pedrosa dominated practice and went on to take pole - but only by 0.029 seconds over his Honda team-mate Casey Stoner.
The Spaniard reckons he might have been quicker with a clear run, and hopes to have a more comfortable cushion tomorrow.
"I was trying hard for the pole," said Pedrosa. "In one section I was going faster, but then I had some traffic and couldn't improve my lap time.
"But I was still able to be on pole for the second time [in 2011] and that's good, but I'm hoping to do even better in the race."
Pedrosa fell at the final corner 12 minutes into the session, but said the crash had barely disrupted his programme.
"At the beginning of the session I had a small crash on the front," he said. "Then I had to get back on the bike and I was still able to go well."