Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa will start from pole at the Valencia MotoGP after he set a record-breaking time during qualifying on Saturday.
Pedrosa, who topped the standings in the final practice session, eclipsed newly crowned world champion Jorge Lorenzo and the retiring Casey Stoner with a record lap of one minute 30.844 seconds at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
The Spaniard's time surpassed Valentino Rossi's 1:31.002, which the seven-time world champion set in 2006.
Pedrosa finished 0.351 seconds clear of Spanish counterpart Lorenzo, who did enough to take second place ahead of Stoner for the season-ending MotoGP.
The Australian had to settle for third, 0.584 seconds behind his Repsol Honda team-mate, despite holding pole position for Sunday's season-ending race with just two minutes remaining.
Englishman Cal Crutchlow will start from the second row after placing fourth with a time of 1:31.512.
Stefan Bradl (+ 0.913s) of LCR Honda and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Andrea Dovizioso (+0.951s) will join Crutchlow on the second row.
Ducati rider Nicky Hayden (+1.659s) qualified seventh, with Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista (+1.741s), Hector Barbera (+1.761s) of Pramac Ducati and Aspar Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro (+1.990s) completing the top 10.
Rossi, a winner at the Valencia Grand Prix on two occasions in the MotoGP class, finished qualifying just as he did at the end of the final practice session - in 11th position.