Pole-sitter Marc Marquez says the opening laps in Sunday's Austin MotoGP will be crucial as he targets a lightning-fast start.

The Repsol Honda star blasted his old pole record from 2013 by a quarter of a second to assume the number one position on the grid with a searing lap in 2m 02.773s.

Marquez is aiming for his second consecutive victory this season following his battling triumph over Valentino Rossi in the Qatar night race in March but expects a tough challenge on Sunday, with team-mate Dani Pedrosa foremost in his thoughts.

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"I'm very happy with how the weekend is going and with the qualifying session - especially taking pole position," said Marquez.

"I have a good feeling with the bike and have been setting a good pace ahead of tomorrow's race. We will try to get a good start and I'm sure we'll be fighting with Dani, as he is our strongest rival.

"I think that the beginning of the race will be the most important part, because with this heat the tyres suffer a lot. I will try to remain focused and have a good race."

Marquez, who claimed his first premier class victory at the Circuit of The Americas last year, was in typically swashbuckling form as he saved a spectacular front-end tuck on his way to the fastest time early in Q2.

In the earlier FP4 session Marquez had launched his rear wheel high into the air for a huge 'stoppie' after missing his braking point.

"I was going wide and then when I passed the bump I felt the rear wheel coming up and then I just continued it for fun," he revealed. "The best line was already gone - I was out of the racing line, so I just tried to continue the rear wheelie!"

Marquez went even quicker again on the factory RC213V on his final lap to blitz his 2013 pole record by 0.248s and make a huge statement of intent ahead of Sunday's race.

"This track seems to be good for the Hondas, but others will suit the Yamaha so we have to make the most of it," said Marquez.