Casey Stoner's perfect Silverstone weekend continued with pole position in Saturday's qualifying session.
Quickest throughout free practice, the Repsol Honda rider fought off the challenge of Marco Simoncelli and Jorge Lorenzo to take his fourth pole of the season - and 26th in MotoGP - by 0.188sec.
Stoner will be seeking his fourth victory from six races on Sunday, but the weather remains a big unknown, with rain showers predicted.
"Everything has gone really well this weekend, we were lucky it stayed dry for qualifying but it doesn't look so good for tomorrow," he admitted. "We've been competitive in each session and in various weather so I hope we have prepared ourselves for the race tomorrow, whatever the conditions.
"We haven't changed too much from the set up we had in Barcelona and this afternoon was important for us to see what we could get from the hard tyre, what our pace is and if we can find some more edge grip, and we definitely found some more traction so I'm very happy with how everything is working at the moment.
"For the pole position we changed the set up and balance of the bike a little and on my best lap I [lost] the front a few times and wasn't so confident with the balance, so I feel lucky to have got the pole but for sure it's the best way to start the grand prix.
"We'll see what the weather does tomorrow but I love this track and love this part of the UK and I'm really happy to be here!"
Stoner, fifth at Silverstone last year on a Ducati, will start Sunday's race just seven points behind Lorenzo.
Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso will start on the second row of the grid, in fifth position.