Andrea Iannone will be looking to avenge his Catalunya loss after claiming his third Moto2 pole in a row, and fourth of the season, at the Sachsenring on Saturday.
The Fimmco Speedup rider had taken dominate wins from his first two poles and was on course to do the same at Catalunya, but passed under yellow flags and - having misunderstood attempts to inform him to return the position - was finally served with a ride-through penalty that dropped him to 13th.
While Iannone on pole is now a familiar sight, second place was a surprise with local star Arne Tode, who claimed the runner-up spot for racing Team Germany (Suter) despite lapping a lengthy 0.673sec slower than Iannone.
Title leader Toni Elias will start third for Gresini Moriwaki despite falling with just over one minute to go, while Aspar's Julian Simon completes the front row.
Iannone's Hungarian team-mate Gabor Talmacsi heads row two, with Friday pace setter Simone Corsi slipping to sixth for JiR.
Elias presently leads the championship by 17 points from fellow Moriwaki rider Thomas Luthi, who will start from just 21st place, while Catalunya winner Yuki Takahashi qualified 13th for tech 3.
Qualifying - Germany:
1. Iannone (Speed Up) 1m 24.982s
2. Tode (Suter) +0.673s
3. Elias (Moriwaki) +0.682s
4. Simon (Suter) +0.776s
5. Talmacsi (Speed Up) +0.790s
6. Corsi (Motobi) +0.848s
7. Bradl (Suter) +0.936s
8. Tomizawa (Suter) +0.985s
9. Aegerter (Suter) +1.046s
10. Debon (FTR) +1.122s
15. Redding (Suter) +1.264s