Marc Marquez blasted to the seventh pole position start of his rookie MotoGP season as the Repsol Honda star narrowly held off title rival Jorge Lorenzo
Marquez, who leads Lorenzo and team-mate Dani Pedrosa
by 34 points in the championship standings, lapped in 1m 47.804s to claim the number one spot on the grid, shattering Casey Stoner's 2011 pole record of 1m 48.451s.
He produced the blistering lap in the final minute of qualifying to edge out Lorenzo on the Factory Yamaha by 0.010s.
Marquez, who has been defeated in the last two races at Silverstone and Misano, is targeting a fast start in an effort to keep pace with Lorenzo and Pedrosa in the opening stages.
“It was a very closely fought qualifying session. We were able to get maximum performance from the tyres, which was the key to this pole position,” he said.
“Small details decided things this afternoon. I am happy, because we were able to achieve our aim of a front row start and to have the pole is a bonus.
“Tomorrow it will be important to get a good start and keep calm in the early laps, with the intention of taking the race to Jorge and Dani.
“I don't have any strategy for the race. I know that tomorrow Jorge will push a lot in the first laps as always, but we will see. If I feel good I will try to follow him, if not I will wait and try to make a good finish.”