Marc Marquez showed no sign of nerves as the MotoGP world championship leader blazed a trail to pole position on the eve of his title showdown with Jorge Lorenzo in Spain.

Marquez, who holds a 13-point advantage over his Yamaha rival, claimed the top spot on the front row for the ninth time this season with a blistering lap in 1m 30.237s.

The Repsol Honda sensation, who is bidding to become the youngest rookie to lift the premier class title since Kenny Roberts at Valencia, was celebrating his 12th successive front row start.

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His searing lap at the Ricardo Tormo circuit gave him a healthy cushion of 0.340s over Lorenzo in second place.

"It was important," said Marquez. "The target to try to start from the front row and in the end we got pole. Today we did the job but the most important day is tomorrow. We must concentrate and focus like today and yesterday.

"For the race the rhythm is not so bad, even if Jorge is strong, but I feel comfortable and ready to fight with Jorge, Dani and maybe Valentino.

"The start is not my strongest point but we will try to do our best of the year tomorrow then try to follow Jorge, because for sure he will start first. Then we will try to find the same rhythm as in practice. I've been sleeping well. It hasn't been a problem.

"It's an incredible atmosphere. All the Spanish fans are here and you can feel them supporting you."

Asked if he was taking unnecessary risks given his points lead, Marquez responded:

"The plan was to ride like always. Try to be the same Marc, as all year, try to be there with Jorge and Dani and then on Sunday see how we feel. Sure the championship is more important but if you are riding fast and pushing your concentration is much higher.

"If we win the championship or finish second - sure it would be much better to win - but for me in any case it would be ok for my first season in MotoGP to lead the championship into the last race, is amazing."

Asked to predict the finishing order in the race, he replied: "For me, Jorge-Dani-Marc."

A top four finish would be enough to secure the title for Marquez, regardless of Lorenzo's position.