Defending MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo believes his 2016 Movistar Yamaha can stop Marc Marquez claiming a fourth successive victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas.
Marquez has dominated in Austin since making his Repsol Honda debut in 2013 and has looked in fine form this weekend, topping every practice session and clinching pole.
The Spaniard stormed to top spot in qualifying with a fastest lap of two minutes and 3.188 seconds, with Lorenzo and team-mate Valentino Rossi completing the top three.
And Lorenzo is confident he can improve his poor record in Texas - where he has just one podium finish - and deny Marquez another win.
"As I said before coming here, if there is one year that we can make a good result, or be close, or even win, it's this year," he told Autosport.
"I think Marc feels so comfortable and he's making the difference with the other Honda riders, that seem to have some trouble to be competitively fast.
"It looks like it's not an easy bike to be fast, but he is for the moment making the difference, especially for this track he likes.
"I think for example on braking we improved so much compared to 2013, already from the end of 2014 we are better here, especially with the Michelin.
"I think we [can] get close to the Honda in this particular track."