Rejuvenated MotoGP champion Marc Marquez kept his hopes of a third straight win well and truly alive with second in qualifying at Brno.

The Repsol Honda star was just 0.074s slower than Jorge Lorenzo, whose title-leading Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi completes Sunday's front row.

"The target was the front row, but of course I pushed for the pole. In the end it was really close with Jorge, but he did an incredible lap," Marquez said.

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"But for tomorrow the most important is the rhythm. I think we are there. In the warm-up I will try to improve more on the riding style than the set-up, because I think I can improve a little bit.

"Then the main target is to do a good start and try to follow both Yamaha riders. It can be a good race because it's a good circuit for overtakes.

"I'm far [in the title chase] and the important thing is that I have nothing to lose. So if I need to take the risk I will do it," he declared.

Marquez - who struggled with braking issues until switching to the 2014 chassis at Assen - is 56-points behind Rossi with eight rounds remaining, but has gained 18-points on the Italian during victories at the last two rounds.

Asked if he regrets not taming his all-or-nothing mentality earlier in the season, when he fell in three races while fighting with the rear-wheel slides, Marquez declared:

"Of course when you crash, always you learn and you don't want to make the same mistake, but when you are riding over your limit, when you don't feel comfortable with the bike and you want to stay [at the front] the crash and everything happen.

"Maybe that mentality gave me some '0s' in the championship, but I think the same mentality was the correct one to come back stronger and in the end now we are in a good level."

Marquez is the only rider to have been quicker than Lorenzo this weekend, topping FP2, but acknowledged that his fellow Spaniard currently holds a race pace advantage.

"If it's really hot everybody is struggling, but if it's cooler I think for our bike and the tyres maybe we can manage better."