Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez made up for his Argentina misdemeanors in the best possible way at Austin, strolling unhindered to a sixth straight win at the Texas track after despatching the challenge of Andrea Iannone on lap one.
Speaking after qualifying, Marquez insisted he'd tried to move out of Vinales' way as quickly as he could - and that he hadn't noticed his rival sooner because he was preoccupied with Iannone riding slow up ahead.
Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) set his tenth pole position on Saturday at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, with a drying track seeing late switches to slicks throughout the field and the Spaniard coming out on top by an impressive 0.496.
Rossi, 39, and Marquez, 24, have won 11 MotoGP championships between them.
It's an exciting grid for Sunday's race, with a few names looking to mount a fight back - including Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) in P19 and Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA BOE Skull Rider) in P12, off the front row for the first time this year.
Even after a minor crash that left him unharmed in the afternoon, Marquez was confident about his chances on the weekend.
Spain's Marc Marquez overcame a crash in qualifying to earn a provisional sixth consecutive pole position at MotoGP's Grand Prix of the Americas. He'd been heavily favored and his desperate bid to get back to the front was chaotic as Marquez first bumped Aleix Espargo and then knocked Rossi into the grass and out of the race.
The world's focus on the Marquez-Rossi drama in the lead up to this weekend's race has somewhat overshadowed Britain's Cal Crutchlow's win in Argentina which gave him the lead in the championship. Marquez and Rossi were 1-2 in Friday's first practice session.
"Valentino has said that Marquez is very unsafe and is scared of being near Marquez on track", Jarvis said. "Once I saw the gap, I was able to manage the race".
But race stewards nearly immediately announced an investigation of a lap in which Marquez appeared to ride too slow and disrupt Vinales. "I think tomorrow we can be fighting hard for the race". The title for the ride of the day, however, has to go Dani Pedrosa who finished the race in seventh, despite having a wrist surgery only 2 weeks ago!
But to make it six in a row he knows he can't afford another incident like the one in Argentina when he stalled on the grid and managed to re-start his engine himself, instead of heading into the pits.