By Lisa Lewis

The pressure is off newly crowned Moto2 champion Pol Espargaro heading into Valencia and the home star looks confident of ending his season on a high as he eased to pole at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

It is the Tuenti HP 40 rider's sixth pole of the season which he achieved with the first ever sub 1m 35 lap of the track as he "enjoyed the last moments" with his team and in the class.

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He is joined on the front row by Simone Corsi with a best qualifying performance of the year, his first front row coming shortly after coming his return to the NGM team next season. The Italian also put in the best Speed Up performance.

Jordi Torres starts third at his home track, and also the home of his team - Aspar. The Spaniard achieved his front row start despite being on crutches off track with a "hole in his foot".

Fourth went to a committed Tito Rabat who pushed his Pons bike to the limit but still fell just short of his team-mate's best, the Spaniard starting from the second row with the fourth fastest time.

Fifth on the grid went to Tom Luthi, the Interwetten rider looked on course for a higher placing, but as only a second covers the top 16 the Swiss rider was one of many to lose places despite going fast in a highly competitive field.

Sixth went to Nico Terol who never quite got to grips with his Aspar bike after running into the gravel in the opening minutes of qualifying.

Alex De Angelis starts seventh for NGM Mobile Forward racing, just ahead of Johann Zarco in eighth, Xavier Simeon in ninth and Taka Nakagami completed the top ten for the Italtrans team.

Dominique Aegerter will be hunting for his 33rd consecutive points finish from 11th on the grid.

Gino Rea, who has enjoyed a varied privateer season returns as a wild-card for the final race of the on his Gino Rea Montaze Broz FTR machine.

The Londoner scored points in Motegi as a replacement rider at the Arginano & Gines team and applied his success to his partly self funded effort, starting from a hard earned 14th.

A troubled and pained looking Scott Redding struggled against his considerable injury list to 17th on the grid for Marc VDS.

Danny Kent withdrew ahead of what would have been his final appearance for Tech3 before returning to Moto3 and the Red Bull KTM team as his right collarbone has not fully recovered after being broken in a practice crash in Japan.

Alex Marinelarena's pulled out of FP3 and qualifying, halting his brave return after a crash in Motegi, which saw him lose consciousness in hospital in Tokyo, with the pain from his broken hand proving too much for the Blusens Avintia rider.