Esteve Rabat qualified on pole for his Marc VDS debut after topping the Qatar Moto2 timesheets with thirteen minutes to go, then chipping down his time to hold pole with a final best of 2m 00.081

The session was overshadowed by a late crash for Sandro Cortese, with the Dynavolt Intact GP rider's bike careering back onto the track and straight into the path of Marc VDS charger Mika Kallio.

Cortese initially went off on a stretcher before hobbling away while Marc VDS reported Kallio had avoided serious injury too.

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The German currently holds second on the grid despite the incident, with Kallio in sixth.

The ever competitive class found a cleaner line developing around the track with Interwetten's Tom Luthi taking early advantage and setting the pace.

A late dash by Taka Nakagami saw the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia rider complete the front row, forcing top Suter rider Luthi down to fourth.

Sam Lowes changed the shocks on his Speed Up machine early on. The reigning Supersport champion showed his quality with a mature ride to fifth - claiming the top rookie honours and becoming top Speed Up rider of the session in the process.

The top ten is completed by Xavier Simeon in seventh for Federal Oil Gresini, while Alex De Angelis fills eighth place for Tasca Racing.

Caterham rider Johann Zarco sits in ninth ahead of NGM forward Racing rider Simone Corsi who also crashed late on.

Dominique Aegerter will be looking to match the longest points scoring run of 34 consecutive race finishes from eleventh on the grid for his Technomag carXpert team.

Gino Rea changed the swing-arm on his AGT REA Racing machine twice in the session, the search for grip and performance lead him to 24th on the grid.

There were also late crashes for crash Ricky Cardus , who followed Corsi into the gravel and Aspar's Jordi Torres.