Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez captured pole position for the Austin MotoGP in breath-taking style despite being forced to switch to his number two bike.

The defending premier class world champion parked his RC213V on the start/finish straight after a warning light flashed up on the dashboard of the machine and the 22-year-old shut down the engine as a safety precaution.

Marquez then sprinted along pit lane and jumped onto his spare bike, completing an out lap with seconds remaining before shattering his own record from 2014 by more than half a second to knock Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso off the top spot, lapping in 2m 02.135s after an all-action effort to take pole by 0.339s.

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The two-time MotoGP world champion is gunning for his third consecutive victory at the Circuit of the Americas and Marquez will start the race as a huge favourite, although the threat of rain on Sunday would change the whole complexion of the race.

"This one was different and it was so exciting on the last lap, the adrenaline was 100 per-cent but the most important thing was that we got the pole and it doesn't matter how," said Marquez.

"Tomorrow it will be important to be focused and this pole has given me good confidence. In dry conditions we are ready to fight for the victory, the question mark is in wet conditions but you never know what will happen.

"In the last lap I was pushing 100 per-cent and like you saw there was a big moment on the kerb; I tried to open more gas and I nearly crashed and lost some tenths, but on the last lap always you push 100 per-cent," he added.

"After what happened it was difficult to find the best line with my concentration but in the end the lap was really good."

Marquez praised the quick-thinking of his mechanics, who had his spare bike ready in lighting-fast time time once they realised he had encountered a problem.

"When I saw the warning I stopped the bike and I ran to get the second bike and the mechanics did a really good job because they prepared the second bike really quick," he said.

"Okay the set-up was not like the last one but it doesn't matter because the bike was ready and from seventh position we got the pole position and it was important to be on the front row.

"At least if [the race] is in wet conditions the positive thing is that we have already tested the tyres ad the set-up of the bike. It will be a tough race for sure in the rain but we will cross our fingers for a dry day."

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yeeeeow I've been here all weekend my paw would have said "Ran oughta Gas !!!!! " his thinking at 92 years old was that anything abandoned on the side of the ROAD "Ran Oughta Gas " Right ?