Fast throughout the weekend, Maverick Vi?ales came within eight hundredths of a second of a famous debut pole position in MotoGP qualifying at Montmel?.

The 20-year old capped a perfect day for Suzuki by backing up team-mate Aleix Espargaro in a famous qualifying one-two for the factory, its first since the Spanish Grand Prix in 1993.

Vi?ales underlined the potential of Suzuki's newly evolved engine by placing within the top five on Friday before topping Saturday morning's FP3 session.

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Although using the softer rear tyre to set his fastest time, Vi?ales' final lap on the medium compound still would have been good enough for fifth in that session.

With his speed never in doubt, Vi?ales admitted he needed to ride 'a little crazy' to achieve his final time, which was 0.2s under the old absolute circuit record.

"[It was] So close," he said. "But honestly we are so happy because we are working really hard and improving step by step. At Mugello we made a big step and also, ok we have a little bit advantage on the tyre but you need to do it. You need to push so hard all the time, you need to go I think a little bit crazy to make the lap time."

A small spill in FP4 did little to dampen his speed and the 2013 Moto3 world champion believes that running at the front of a MotoGP race will accelerate his learning process.

"Finally the race is tomorrow. We know that we have a good pace, just we need to work more for the last part of the race because it is difficult. We have still a bit of some movement. But then tomorrow I will go 100% and for sure I want to fight with the top riders because then I will learn a lot. Also I will get a so nice experience and I think for Assen we would be more ready.

"[Race pace] was really good. When I was with the hard tyre I was consistent but we will see, the race will be hot and 25 laps will not be easy. Just try to get a lot of experience, try to fight with the top riders and try to get the best information for Assen."

Vi?ales admitted it was still difficult to come to terms with the fact he is now challenging his childhood idols.

"It means that you are doing a great job. I mean Vale is my idol since I was really young, Jorge and Dani. It's incredible no, when you see the list and you think 'I am in front!'"