Ducati's Andrea Iannone was denied his second MotoGP pole of the season at the Circuit of the Americas by Marc Marquez's late flying lap, but the Italian was happy with the progress made with the dry set-up of his GP15 nonetheless.

Dovizioso topped the time-sheets until the dying moments when Marquez usurped the GP15 rider to clinch pole in dramatic style on his spare Repsol Honda after experiencing a technical problem on his number one bike.

His time of 2m 02.474s was 0.339s second behind the defending world champion and Dovizioso had a grandstand view of Marquez's stunning pole lap as he attempted to follow the Honda rider on his dash to the finish.

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"I wanted to see him, the lines [he used] because I never seen him this weekend and especially in the qualifying I know he pushes really 100 per-cent and I wanted to see all the details, all the secrets, and it was quite hard because he made a really amazing lap," said Dovizioso

"With a lot of mistakes, he made a special lap time, so not so nice but always important to try to improve."

Dovizioso didn't have the same confidence with the GP15 that served him so well in Qatar in the opening practice sessions but by the time he reached FP4 and final qualifying, he was able to push harder for a fast lap.

"We started very well in the wet in free practice one and I'm really happy how we performed in the weekend in the dry because the feeling wasn't as good as in Qatar," he said.

"But we arrived in free practice four with a better feeling and I was able to push really hard in the qualifying. I made a really nice lap time and when you see on the screen that lap, it is always nice."

Dovizioso was also asked about the pros and cons of the soft and harder compound tyres at the Texan track, with team-mate Andrea Iannone finishing seventh fastest after using the harder Bridgestone rear.

"The difference is very small in this track but always the softer is better to make the lap time. I think the front and the rear are really on the limit for the race so we will use our hard in the rear but in the front I don't know, because some riders tried the '34' - I didn't try - and for sure everybody will be on the limit on the front tyre," he said.

"We have to see the weather tomorrow and the temperature."