Marc Marquez secured his 10th pole start of the season ahead of Sunday's British MotoGP at Silverstone.
The Repsol Honda rider went close to his lap record with a best lap in 2m 00.829s on his final flying lap, overcoming a small spill during FP3 to bag the top spot.
Marquez, whose unbeaten winning sequence this season was finally ended at the previous round at Brno by team-mate Dani Pedrosa, said he was finding it 'easy' to set a fast pace at Silverstone, an assessment that sounds ominous for his rivals this weekend.
“It was a difficult qualifying session, because it was hard to get heat into the front tyre. However, I am happy with pole position - more than anything because of how comfortable I am feeling this weekend,” said Marquez, whose pole lap was three tenths faster than Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso in second place.
“I am finding it easy to set a fast pace, and this is important at this track, which is bumpy and long. Let's hope that we have a sunny day tomorrow, or at least that it doesn't rain, and we will try to fight for the win right from the first lap.
"For tomorrow it is most important that we have a good rhythm; we have improved over the bumps, so I feel safer."
Reflecting on his spill in FP3, Marquez said he lost the front end after trying to scrub off speed with the front brake.
“Always there on the slowest bend on the circuit you try and push more and more; I saw that I was too fast and I tried to stop with the front brake and I lost the front," he explained.
“For MotoGP this track is perfect because we can use all the power of our bikes, but it's true that it is bumpier than last year.
"For everyone it is the same and we need to concentrate and try to absorb the bumps.”