Championship leader Marc Marquez will start Sunday's Valencia MotoGP on pole needing to finish just eleventh to secure his fourth world title.
The Honda rider is 21 points ahead of his only challenger Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso going into the last race of the 2017 season.
Even if Dovizioso collects the 25 points for winning the race, Marquez knows that the five points on offer for 11th would be enough in the race, which is live on BT Sport 2 [race starts at 1pm]
The Spaniard's cause is helped by a disappointing qualifying from his Italian rival who will start ninth on the grid having been a second down on Marquez after struggling with his bike.
Marquez set a blistering pace with a fastest lap of 1min 29.897secs - 0.349secs ahead of second quickest Yamaha's Johann Zarco.
It might have been even better for Marquez if he had not hit his front end at turn 4 at the start of his second run and crashed off.
The 2013, 2014 and 2016 champion said: “It’s something that I already know for tomorrow, something important to be careful (of), but anyway the most important is that we are on the pole position, we are on the front row, (with) good pace.
“I feel good with the bike, so just keep riding, keep same mentality, same concentration, and try to be faster and faster.”
Suzuki's Andrea Iannone earned his first front row since Round 1 at Qatar with Jorge Lorenzo of Ducati fourth after crashing at the end of his first run. Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Ducati's Michele Pirro completed the second row.
Yamaha's Valentino Rossi and Aprilla's Aleix Espargano join Dovizioso for company on the third row.
You can watch the Valencia MotoGP from the Circuit Ricardo Tormo on the eir Sport pack on BT Sport 2 on Sunday 12 November.
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