Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez shattered Casey Stoner's record at Misano to secure the sixth pole start of his rookie season in MotoGP.
Marquez, who leads the world championship by 30 points from team-mate Dani Pedrosa, set a dazzling time of 1m 32.915 seconds to become the first rider to dip under the 1m 33s bracket at the San Marino MotoGP.
He left his title rivals trailing in his wake, taking the top spot by over half-a-second from Jorge Lorenzo as he comfortably toppled Casey Stoner's previous best lap at Misano of 1m 33.138s, set in 2011.
Marquez suffered a minor spill in FP4, but he showed no adverse effects, switching to his second RC213V before blazing a trail en-route to pole.
“I'm very happy with this pole position, as we had a really good hot lap,” he said.
“It's a shame about the small crash that we had in practice this morning, which was completely my fault. I did a stupid mistake!
“When I released the front brake at the very last part, then I moved my finger to open the gas and I touched the front lever a little and lost the front. But the important thing is that I know where I made the mistake.
“In qualifying I felt very comfortable every time on fast laps and was able to put in some quick times. Maybe for one lap the pole distance is a lot, but I do not think it is a real gap for the race.
“Jorge has a very good pace, Valentino [Rossi] will also be tough to beat, because it is his home race and he has been very strong in practice; I'm sure that he will be fast tomorrow, as will Dani [Pedrosa] who had some problems in qualifying.
“The aim is to get a good start, try to ride in the lead group at the front and pick up more world championship points.
“I have a good pace, but I don't think I can go alone at the front. I will see after warm-up and especially how I feel in the race. Then I will make my plan.”
Marquez suffered a dislocated shoulder in warm-up last time at Silverstone, but still nearly beat Lorenzo for victory. Lorenzo has won at Misano for the past two seasons.