Stefan Bradl, winner from pole in the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, has taken a repeat pole for this weekend's second round at Jerez in Spain.
The Viessmann Kiefer-Kalex rider finished Saturday's qualifying session 0.282sec ahead of Gresini Moriwaki's Yuki Takahashi with Friday pace setter Thomas Luthi completing the front row for Interwetten Suter.
Reigning 125cc world champion Marc Marquez, who crashed out on his Moto2 debut in Qatar, crashed out of qualifying with eight minutes to go after a lowside at turn one. The only good news for Marquez was that he didn't lose ground from his fourth place.
Fellow class rookie Bradley Smith was an impressive fifth for Tech 3 with 2010 race winner Alex de Angelis sixth for JiR-MotoBI. Takahashi;s team-mate Michele Pirro was seventh and Aleix Espargaro (Pons) eighth.
2010 title runner-up Julian Simon was visibly frustrated by repeated front-end technical troubles with his Aspar Suter during the session. The Spaniard will start tenth.
Qualifying - Jerez:
1. Bradl (Kalex) 1m 42.706s
2. Takahashi (Moriwaki) +0.282s
3. Luthi (Suter) +0.582s
4. Marquez (Suter) +0.626s
5. Smith (Tech 3) +0.794s
6. de Angelis (MotoBI) +0.907s
7. Pirro (Moriwaki) +0.909s
8. A. Espargaro (Pons Kalex) +0.970s
9. Corti (Suter) +0.981s
10. Simon (Suter) +1.060s
13. Redding (Suter) +1.191s
24. Coghlan (FTR) +1.931s