Jorge Lorenzo kept his MotoGP rivals at bay with a record qualifying lap at Brno.

The Movistar Yamaha rider, who has closed to within nine points of team-mate and championship leader Valentino Rossi, became the first ever rider to break the 1m 55s barrier at the impressive Czech circuit.

His reward was a first pole position since Jerez, although Honda's reigning champion Marc Marquez was just 0.074s slower, while Rossi put the #46 machine on the front row for only the second time this year.

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"I am really proud of my two lap times, because the first one was as impressive as the second but just not enough to make the pole position," Lorenzo said. "In the end I had to improve the lap time by two or three tenths to keep an advantage over Marc.

"I didn't expect my time, but I didn't expect those from Marc or even Valentino either, but everyone was pushing so much and they improved a lot. My pole position lap was very good, almost perfect, except maybe the last corner wasn't because I had a lot of wheel spin, but a perfect lap is impossible, so we have to be very satisfied."

Lorenzo has been fastest in all but one of his track sessions this weekend and is also considered the man to beat for race pace, albeit with Rossi and Marquez lurking menacingly just behind.

"I am confident for tomorrow because I think we have a great base setting. We will see tomorrow what the weather is like, how our rivals are doing after some laps, but we are confident."

Lorenzo will be seeking his fifth victory of the season on Sunday and the first for a Yamaha rider at Brno since his own 2010 victory.

After a scorching practice and qualifying, weather forecasts predict possible rain at around the 2pm start time on Sunday.

"The important thing is to arrive at your limit and try not to pass it. We were lucky that Marc made two or three mistakes at the beginning of the season and now we have a big advantage. But for sure winning is important and that's what we'll try to do tomorrow.

"It's going to be important to choose the right tyres, but we've been competitive with both the medium and hard tyres, at the front and the rear."