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- Marc Marquez makes it four MotoGP pole positions in a row after breaking Jorge Lorenzo's 2008 lap record
- Lorenzo and Pedrosa join a dominant Marquez on the front row
- Rossi starts in fourth, with Smith ninth and Crutchlow 14th
Marc Marquez has maintained his perfect qualifying record for the 2014 MotoGP World Championship thus far after a masterstroke in strategy saw him claim pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Chasing a fourth straight pole position in 2014, though Marquez's relatively indifferent record around the Jerez circuit and a competitive few practice sessions had raised hopes of a close-fought battle for the top spot, the tussle would come down to just himself and Jorge Lorenzo.
Indeed, Lorenzo drew first blood with his first tyre run, his lap time of 1min 38.541secs proving enough to rebuff Marquez's first two attempts, the second of which fell slightly short after the Repsol Honda rider lost time following the touring Yamaha.
However, the decision to prepare Marquez's second bike with tyres ready to go would prove critical in his run to the top spot, the Spaniard squeezing in three runs on new rubber and subsequently going fastest on his final effort.
Not only that, Marquez's time of 1min 38.120secs would sneak just below Lorenzo's existing Jerez lap record, set well back in 2008.
Despite missing out on pole, a visibly happier Lorenzo held onto second place, with Dani Pedrosa settling for third having been unable to showcase the pace from free practice that suggested he would be a pole position threat.
Valentino Rossi heads up row two in fourth place, three tenths off his Movistar Yamaha team-mate, while Aleix Espargaro starts fifth despite ending his qualifying session in the gravel trap at turn two. Andrea Dovizioso completes the second row on the sole Ducati to make it through to Q2.
Leading row three, Stefan Bradl starts as the top satellite rider in seventh, while Pol Espargaro got the better of Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Bradley Smith in eighth and ninth respectively.
Making a passage through Q1, Alvaro Bautista will start tenth in his quest to get his first finish on the board this season, while Colin Edwards couldn't match his awesome pace from FP3, but starts higher than usual in 11th place on the second of the Forward Yamahas. Making it through to Q2 once again, Nicky Hayden starts in 12th.
Earlier in the afternoon, a competitive Q1 session would see Bautista and Hayden prevail, edging out Hiroshi Aoyama, who nonetheless impressed to qualify in 13th, ahead of Cal Crutchlow in 14th and Andrea Iannone in 15th.
Scott Redding, meanwhile, starts down in 18th after suffering a costly tumble, with Michael Laverty starting in 21st.