Marc Marquez took his third pole position in four races by shattering his own lap record in Silverstone MotoGP qualifying.

Almost half-a-second behind Jorge Lorenzo on Saturday morning, Marquez struck back with a devastating pace on the hard rear tyre in final practice.

Returning to the medium rear for qualifying, Marquez led Q2 from start to finish, smashing his own 2013 lap record on his first flying lap. The Repsol Honda star's final push saw him on the verge of breaking the two-minute barrier, before a moment through the fast Woodcote corner.

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Nevertheless, he still cut a further 0.330s for a final pole time of 2m 0.234s, holding off world championship leader Lorenzo by 0.288s with team-mate Dani Pedrosa completing the front row (+0.482s).

"I did a mistake and the ideal time is two-tenths faster, but when you are on the limit you can always do some mistakes," smiled Marquez. "I missed a gear but ok even like that I was able to do the pole position.

"We were very fast compared to last year. More than half a second. So we can be happy about that. But even like this Jorge was also strong," added Marquez, who beat Lorenzo by 0.7s in last year's contest.

"If it's dry I think the pace is good and we are ready to fight for victory, but you know Jorge is always really strong in the race. Dani also is fast and we know Valentino is a Sunday man, so he will be fast to."

Marquez admitted to being surprised by his pace on the harder rear tyre in FP4, but may still choose to race the medium compound.

"After FP3 everything was clear for me and the pace was good with the softer rear. But then in FP4 we tried the hard rear. We saw there were some options, the potential was good. We did some laps with 2m 1s," he said.

"That rhythm was a great surprise for us but we must consider that the temperature on the ground was higher than yesterday and probably higher than it will be tomorrow. So we must pay attention to that, but it's a real option for tomorrow.

"I enjoy this circuit a lot but the most tricky point is the weather and tomorrow it will be the biggest question mark for the race."

Marquez - chasing his fourth win of the year - will start Sunday's race 52 points behind Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, the Italian qualifying in fourth.