By Lisa Lewis
Mapfre Aspar's Jonas Folger took the final pole of the MOto3 season at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuiton Saturday.
The dry weather saw Folger set a time of 1m 41.263s on his Kalex KTM in the dying seconds as the riders learned the new surface at the Cheste track, improving times as the session progressed with the closing minutes more like a race to the line.
It is the German rider's second pole of the season and a home pole for the Aspar team, run by Valencian Jorge Martinez who has close links to the track and its young rider scheme.
Joining him on the front row of the grid is Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira who qualified second for the Estrella Galicia team, the Suter Honda rider was on the podium at the last race in Australia, while Luis Salom starts third for RW Racing GP( Kalex KTM).
Despite being crowned champion already, Cortese still has plenty of reasons to race hard and starts from fourth for Red Bull KTM.
A podium tomorrow would see him take the record of most podiums in a lightweight season, while victory for the German or for Maverick Vinales would see them earn the distinction of most wins this season.
The Spaniard starts from sixth as a mechanical issue with the Blusens Avintia bike saw him in the pits during the crucial final minutes and unable to defend or improve his position. He is the highest placed FTR Honda rider on the grid.
Joining them on the second row is Efren Vazquez in sixth for JHK Laglisse and FTR Honda.
British rider Danny Kent starts seventh for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team and heads up the third row which he shares with Niccolo Antonelli of San Carlo Gresini Honda in eighth and Racing Team Germany's Louis Rossi in ninth.
Alessandro Tonucci starts ahead of his Team Italia FMI team-mate Romano Fenati in tenth and eleventh respectively, giving Fenati the upper hand in the race for rookie of the year, with just a handful of points separating himself and Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) who starts 18th.
Newly crowned Spanish Moto3 champion Alex Marquez, younger brother of Marc, was 12th fastest for the Ambrogio Next Team.
Hector Faubel, riding in place of his former team mate at Aspar Alberto Moncayo for Andalucia JHK, had been fastest in the morning session but qualified down in 16th.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin was unusually off the pace in qualifying and found himself down in 17th on the grid for Air Asia Ajo KTM.
John McPhee starts in 29th for Caretta Technology on his KRP Honda while Danny Webb finished his final qualifying for Mahindra in 34th.