Marc Marquez has tentatively played down his impressive form during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, insisting that 'Jorge Lorenzo and especially Dani Pedrosa' will likely prove stronger competition over a race distance come race day.

The runaway championship leader after winning the opening three rounds of the season, Marquez is well on course to notch up his first-ever GP win at Jerez after claiming a fourth consecutive pole position in fine style on home soil, the defending champion breaking Lorenzo's six-year old record in the process.

Achieved by setting up a second Repsol Honda to ensure he could fit in three fast laps on new rubber, Marquez's third and final attempt would see him go quickest by a clear four tenths of a second.

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"We changed our strategy at the last minute; I asked Santi if it would be possible to use three soft tyres, and he said that it was. It was all last minute and I am satisfied with how it worked out.

"I am very happy with this pole position, as it was hard fought and I wasn't expecting it. We are suffering a little more here than at other tracks, but despite this we are still at the same level as Lorenzo and Dani.

Even so, his outstanding current form notwithstanding, Marquez believes race day will be a different matter, identifying is team-mate Pedrosa - a winner in Jerez last year - as a big rival over a full distance.

"Tomorrow will be more difficult," he added. "I think Jorge and especially Dani have a good race pace and I think it will be a tough race."