Stefan Bradl rose above the rumours surrounding his Honda LCR future and claimed a first MotoGP pole in qualifying for the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.

Bradl became the first German to take pole by just 0.017s over title leader Marc Marquez, who fell in the closing stages.

"It's a great feeling to have my first pole position in MotoGP," said Bradl.

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"I think we've shown a good performance all weekend. I was able to get a clear lap in qualifying and also a fantastic lap out of myself.

"I got a good exit out of the final corner. For sure it was very close, just a few hundredths faster than Marc, but it's a good feeling for me. I expected a front row, so pole is even better."

Bradl is still chasing his first premier-class podium, with two fourth places so far this year.

"Many riders are close. Of course I will try so hard to stay in the top tomorrow. I think we have a good package, I'm comfortable with the bike and everything is looking good," he said.

"The tyre decision is absolutely clear. I tried the hard rear tyre yesterday but we couldn't get the temperature and it was one-second slower. We lost some time trying it, but we did a good job today so it's okay."

The 2011 Moto2 champion's place at the LCR next year is rumoured to be under threat from Cal Crutchlow. However the latest speculation suggests Bradl - who led last weekend's Sachsenring race - will keep his seat, with Germany's Speedweek stating that Tech 3's Crutchlow is heading to Ducati.

Alvaro Bautista will complete an all-Honda front row, alongside Bradl and Marquez.