MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez anticipates a showdown for pole position at the Valencia MotoGP involving Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo after topping the times on Friday.

The Repsol Honda rider set a day one benchmark at the Spanish circuit of 1m 31.296s in the morning session, dipping under the 2013 circuit record of 1m 31.628s held by team-mate Dani Pedrosa by 0.332s.

Marquez was unable to improve on his time in the afternoon, but the 21-year-old was pleased in particular with his feeling on the bike as he bids to finish the season on a high this weekend by sealing a record 13th victory of the campaign.

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"The best thing about today was how I felt on the bike. Finishing fastest is a reference, but the most important thing is that the pace was good, and we have been improving and testing things out," said Marquez, who equalled Aussie legend Mick Doohan's record of 12 premier class wins in a season last time out at Sepang.

"This afternoon the track was a little slower, but we hope to continue improving tomorrow. I'm sure that there will be a nice fight for pole between myself, Jorge, Dani and Valentino."