Cal Crutchlow celebrated his first 'true' MotoGP pole after a scorching lap at Brno in the Czech Republic on Saturday.
The Englishman powered his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine to a record-breaking time of 1m 55.527s, beating nearest rival Alvaro Bautista by 0.227s as satellite riders claimed a rare one-two on the grid.
The next best Yamaha rider was factory star Jorge Lorenzo, in fifth and 0.422s from Crutchlow.
Brno was the scene of Crutchlow's maiden MotoGP podium one year ago. He returns with a further five rostrums under his belt - four so far this season - and is aiming to spray the champagne again after Sunday's 22-lap race.
“I am really happy to be on pole position again and I have to say a massive thanks to my Monster Tech 3 Team,” said Crutchlow. “We've struggled at first, but seem to be getting better and better as the weekend goes on.”
Crutchlow's first MotoGP pole came at Assen in June, in a session reigning double world champion Lorenzo had missed due to injury.
“It's nice to take a true pole, because I felt Assen wasn't with Jorge not able to ride,” said the future factory Ducati rider. “Everybody is here and half-fit - a motorcycle racer is never fully fit, they always have an injury somewhere!
“So to battle and be the top Yamaha is probably the best thing - and the guys in the team want the car [for best qualifier] at the end of the year so I've been trying my best!
“Fantastic job today. We've come a long way since the first session. We were struggling and changed the bike a lot so its a sweet feeling.
“Now I look forward to the tomorrow. I'll give it my all. Hopefully the rain holds off and we can have a good close race, because there are so many people able to challenge at the front.
“Hopefully we can aim for the podium, that's the key in these three races and then go on to Silverstone strong.”
Asked about the support from Yamaha, despite the announcement of his move to Ducati, Crutchlow replied:
“I got the new tank and seat in Indianapolis, but whether it is better for me I don't know. Obviously I appreciate the support from Yamaha, they are still giving me a great bike and doing a great job for me - and I'm doing the same for them. I'm giving 100 percent.”
Title leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) will join Crutchlow and Bautista on the front row, with Dani Pedrosa and Lorenzo on row two, alongside Crutchlow's rookie team-mate Bradley Smith in sixth.
LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl, Crutchlow's nearest rival for top satellite honours in the world championship, qualified eighth.
Cructhlow's home Silverstone round takes place next weekend.