Jorge Lorenzo has taken the first premier-class pole position at Silverstone since 1986, during MotoGP qualifying around the newly-built British Grand Prix circuit.
In cool and cloudy conditions, the 2010 MotoGP title leader took his first pole of the year by dislodging surprise leader Randy de Puniet with just three minutes of the hour remaining.
Inspired by a recent track day at the new circuit, de Puniet has been on fire since Friday and drifted his LCR Honda to an advantage of over 0.7sec with 15 minutes to go.
Lorenzo then clawed his way progressively closer to the Frenchman, finally denying de Puniet his first ever MotoGP pole by 0.126sec. de Puniet lost the chance to respond when he fell on his final lap, but still claimed his first front row start since 2007.
Joining Lorenzo and de Puniet on the front row will hopefully be Mugello winner Dani Pedrosa.
The Spaniard, Lorenzo's nearest title rival after Valentino Rossi's Mugello accident, lowsided from his factory Honda at the end of the session, and his RCV kicked him as he hit the floor.
Pedrosa was carried from the track conscious, but on a stretcher, and has now gone to the medical centre for checks. The first reports indicate Pedrosa has suffered only bruising of both knees.
Heading row two will be Pedrosa's Repsol Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso (+0.6sec from pole), while Nicky Hayden out-qualified Casey Stoner for the first time ever as a team-mate. The Ducati riders will start in fifth and sixth places, both over one second behind Lorenzo.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Ben Spies tweaked his injured ankle in a morning highside but recovered to claim seventh, as the top rookie.
Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli - who missed part of the session while his bike was repaired after also falling this morning - were eighth and ninth for San Carlo Honda Gresini.
Colin Edwards couldn't get his Tech 3 M1 to work as he wanted on his way to tenth, while rookie Hector Barbera was the best satellite Ducati in eleventh for Aspar.
Another tough day for Suzuki saw Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista 14th and 15th for the British-based team's home event. The GSV-R riders were ahead of only Mika Kallio of Pramac Ducati.
2. de Puniet