No rider has even won the opening eleven races of a 500cc/MotoGP season and Marc Marquez will begin his latest record quest from pole position at Brno.

After towing Andrea Iannone to pole, the reigning MotoGP champion beat the Pramac rider's time.

Another Ducati rider on the special soft rear tyre, Andrea Dovizioso, then demoted Iannone to third meaning Marquez finished with a pole advantage of 0.129s.

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"I'm happy about the pole position today. I had Iannone behind me so the only solution was to push, because I had to set a hot lap," said Marquez, whose approach was in stark contrast to the anger seen from riders being followed in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes.

Despite the double Ducati front row, Marquez's closest rivals in terms of race pace are team-mate Dani Pedrosa, plus Factory Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

The trio will start fifth, sixth and seventh respectively, all within 0.236s of pole, with final practice leader Rossi also nursing a finger injury.

"As for tomorrow's race, we have pole but the toughest rivals will start from the second row, especially Dani," confirmed Marquez. "We will see what condition Valentino is in and hopefully he can ride well, because he has also been strong this weekend and I hope Jorge can be in the fight too.

"My race pace is good but also Dani and Valentino. The only question mark is Jorge because in FP3 he was really strong, but in FP4 maybe he tried a different set-up and was not so strong.

"The first thing will be the weather tomorrow and then later we will see [about the win record].

"I'm expecting a tough battle from start to finish for the win. Everything is so close. Eight riders within three tenths."