Marc Marquez set the fastest ever two wheel lap around Indianapolis on his way to claiming pole position for Sunday's MotoGP race by a massive half-a-second.

The rookie title leader, unbeaten in practice, picked up where he left off by setting a new pole record on his first run - then blasted clear of the field on his return from a tyre change.

The Spaniard's best lap of 1m 37.958s smashed last year's pole record by almost one-second.

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Nearest to Marquez on Saturday was Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, 0.513s adrift, with fellow title contender Dani Pedrosa completing the front row in third (+0.527s).

Marquez starts round ten holding a 16 point advantage over team-mate Pedrosa and 26 point lead over reigning champion Lorenzo.

Row two of Sunday's grid will consist of Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow, Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista and Ducati's Nicky Hayden.

Tech 3 rookie Bradley Smith, LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl - who fell again - and an off-pace Valentino Rossi (Factory Yamaha) will form row three. It is Rossi's worst qualifying of the season.

Andrea Dovizioso will likewise be disappointed with tenth place for the factory Ducati team, with satellite Desmosedici rider Andrea Iannone starting in eleventh.

Iannone's Pramac Ducati team-mate Ben Spies has withdrawn after dislocating his left shoulder in Saturday morning practice. The luckless Spies has not raced since round two due to right shoulder injuries.

Another Texan had a brighter Saturday: Colin Edwards, the oldest rider on the grid, made it through to Q2 for the first time and went on to claim twelfth on the grid - as the top CRT - for Forward Racing.

Qualifying (2):
1. Marc Marquez
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Dani Pedrosa
4. Cal Crutchlow
5. Alvaro Bautista
6. Nicky Hayden
7. Bradley Smith
8. Stefan Bradl
9. Valentino Rossi
10. Andrea Dovizioso
11. Andrea Iannone
12. Colin Edwards