The imperious Marc Marquez continued his Grand Prix of the Americas dominance by storming to pole for a fourth consecutive year in Austin on Sunday.
Marquez always looked like being the man to beat at the Circuit Of The Americas this weekend, having won all three Grand Prix of the Americas races and also claimed his first win of the season in Argentina last Sunday.
The Repsol Honda set the pace once again on Saturday, clocking the fastest time of two minutes 3.188 seconds to take pole yet again in Texas ahead of Movistar Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.
Championship leader Marquez stated his intent when he was fastest in practice on Friday and the Spaniard appeared very much at home once again as he topped the timesheets despite the best efforts of Lorenzo.
Reigning champion Lorenzo crashed at Termas de Rio Hondo last Sunday and has a poor record at the Grand Prix of the Americas, only securing one podium finish, but showed his class to raise hopes of another top-three finish.
Lorenzo clocked a fastest time of the weekend of 2’03.613 to lay down a marker, but Marquez bettered that immediately and although his compatriot dropped to 2’03.257 it was not enough to start out in front.
Marquez said: "I'm really happy with pole position, we are working hard for tomorrow and it looks like my pace is good – both Yamahas are closer."
Andrea Iannone was fourth fastest, but was demoted to seventh for Sunday’s race due to an attempted pass on the last lap which resulted in a crash with Ducai team-mate Andrea Dovizioso in Argentina.
1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) 2:03.188
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) 2:03.257
3. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) 2:03.644
4. Andrea Iannone (Ducati) 2:03.913
5. Maverick Vinales (Suzuki) 2:04.247
6. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) 2:04.265
7. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 2:04.339
8. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) 2:04.379
9. Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki) 2:04.408
10. Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) 2:04.485