MotoGP champion Marc Marquez decided second was enough during Friday's tricky qualifying session at Assen.

The Repsol Honda rider - seeking to extend his unbeaten 2014 run to eight in Saturday's race - had been quickest in final practice, but a rain shower at the start of Qualifying 2 threw the form book out of the window.

With most of the twelve riders charging out of pit lane together, Marquez carved his way through the group before backing off once a front row start was secure.

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"I'm really happy with this front row because in qualifying it was quite dangerous and quite easy to do some mistake and be injured," said Marquez. "My target was to finish on the front row and when I did the lap and saw I was in second, I thought 'okay no need to take more risks'.

"Maybe I was able to go a little bit faster but it was too much risk. I saw Aleix [Espargaro] was first and that the main opponents, like Valentino and Lorenzo, were at the back, so for me it was enough.

"I'm really happy for tomorrow and I hope for a dry race because we have a really good pace."

Asked about the close moment with Pol Espargaro while elbowing his way through the field, Marquez said:

"I tried to overtake six or seven riders in one lap because I knew it was maybe the only lap in dry conditions so for that reason I was pushing. Of course one [overtake] with Pol was a little bit close but the others I didn't take a lot of risk. For me there was more risk on the second lap when it was raining more."

Looking ahead to the race, Marquez admitted rain would be a major unknown, with no real wet laps so far this season.

"The two biggest things here are that the weather changes very quickly - it's so difficult to know what the forecast will be - but also the track is dries very quick.

"Since Motegi [2013] we didn't ride in the wet. We did two laps at the end of qualifying and the feeling was good but of course if it rains in the race it will be a question mark for everybody, especially for the life of the tyre.

"But it's the same for everybody so we need to manage the situation and try to think about the championship."

Marquez holds a 58 point title lead over Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, who will start from twelfth.