Randy de Puniet claimed his first front row MotoGP start since 2007, and first ever with the LCR Honda team, after an aggressive performance at Silverstone on Saturday.
de Puniet was ultimately a little too aggressive, falling - like fellow front row starter Dani Pedrosa - on his very final lap, but the Frenchman had earlier drifted his RCV to a huge 0.7sec advantage over the rest of the field.
2010 MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo was the only rider to catch and pass de Puniet, thereby preventing the first satellite Honda pole of the 800cc era.
Nevertheless, having emerged unharmed from his spill, de Puniet looks more than capable of fighting for a podium on Sunday, having been ranked 4th, 2nd and 2nd in the three track session so far this weekend.
“I am very happy because this is my first front row start since Assen 2007,” said de Puniet. “I am really enjoying myself on this track and thought it was possible to take the pole position today when I stripped half a second off Lorenzo's top time but in the last lap he took pole back and I also experienced a fall right.
“I have cut my right thumb in the crash but it was not necessary to stitch it up. For sure this crash was helpful to me as I understood I must remain calm during the race!
“The overall package is working well and I am riding faster and faster lap by lap but we still have to adjust something especially in the engine mapping and traction control but we will work on it tonight.
“Honestly I do not want to dream about the podium but we have got a good potential to race in the front tomorrow,” he concluded.
de Puniet starts round five holding sixth in the championship, as the top satellite rider, having finished a best finish of sixth (twice) so far this season.