Marc Marquez roared to pole at the Indianapolis Grand Prix tonight, recording a time which will sent a stark message to his rivals ahead of tomorrow's race.

The Spaniard leads the championship on 163 points and his Honda will start from the front tomorrow after a time of one minute 37.958 seconds proved to be the quickest.

He was half a second faster than anyone else with title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa behind him in second and third respectively.

The fight to start behind Marquez was a serious one, with the slightest margins separating Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow, with Alvaro Bautista making it three Hondas in the top five.

Nicky Hayden will start sixth on his Ducati, with Bradley Smith seventh, Stefan Bradl eighth, Valentino Rossi ninth and Andrea Dovizioso completing the top 10.

Marquez currently sits ahead of Pedrosa in the standings, with his fellow countryman 10 points clear of the third-placed Lorenzo and 30 ahead of Rossi, with Crutchlow in fifth.