Jorge Lorenzo put his Fiat Yamaha M1 on the front row of the grid for the second race in a row, by qualifying in third place for the first ever MotoGP race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Saturday's sessions were run in very different conditions to Friday's washout, with this afternoon's qualifying taking place under sunny skies with ambient temperatures in the mid thirties.
Lorenzo made steady progress with his dry set-up over the hour and moved into provisional pole position with 12 minutes to go.
The race-winning rookie, who suffered a string of mid-season injuries, was then relegated down the order in the last ten minutes but his final effort with a Michelin qualifying tyre put him back on the front row, 0.317secs behind Bridgestone shod team-mate Valentino Rossi.
"I am so happy that this track is different to how I expected, because I really enjoyed myself this afternoon!" smiled the Spaniard. "I thought it would be quite dangerous but in fact I feel really safe on my M1 here, which is allowing me to be fast. Some of the corners are really close together which I enjoy because it means I can ride very smoothly in the style that I like. It's a good track for me.
"We are on the front row for the second race in a row and this shows that we are truly getting back to our best, so I want to thank my team for their work, both here and in Misano. We are still not perfect in the wet or the dry so we need to make some improvements in warm-up, but we don't know what the weather will do tomorrow so we will have to wait and see," he added.
Splitting the Fiat Yamaha team-mates on Sunday's front row will be world champion Casey Stoner.