Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Jack Miller ruled the Moto3 timesheet with some fast late laps as the MotoGP paddock returned to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix at a hot and sunny Jerez circuit.

It is the championship leader's third pole in a row after also taking the prime spot on the grid in Austin and Argentina, a first for any Australian rider in the lightweight class.

Niccolo Antonelli secured second on the grid for the Go & Fun team for only his third front row start in Moto3 but was over half a second behind championship leader Miller as he put the hammer down in the closing stages of the session.

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The final spot on the front row went to a Honda rider Alex Rins, the Estrella Galicia rider fighting hard to haul himself up the order to emerge only a little ahead of his team-mate Alex Marquez in fifth. It is now Rins' third front row start from the opening four races.

Splitting the pair was fellow Spaniard Isaac Vinales. The youngster has gone from strength to strength after joining the team at which his cousin Maverick claimed the Moto3 crown. The Calvo rider had been quickest overall on Friday and was the early pacesetter for qualifying, while fourth on the grid is also the best qualifying performance of his career so far.

Sixth went to Francseco Bagnaia despite suffering a bike failure in the closing minutes on the Sky Racing VR46 machine.

Efren Vazquez had been quickest in the morning practice session but had to settle for seventh come qualifying for the SaxoPrint-RTG team.

Eighth on the grid is filled by Niklas Ajo, the highest placed of the Husqvarna riders, fresh from an eventful Argentinian race where he clashed with Danny Kent on the final lap before hitting the back of Miller's bike.

Ajo is sandwiched by Racing Team Germany riders as row three is completed by Vazquez's team-mate, British rider John McPhee in ninth.

The Scotsman left it to the closing minutes to shoot up the timing screens only posting his best time at the last possible moment. Winner of the last Grand Prix in Argentina, Romano Fenati, completes the top ten, the Italian struggling to match the pace of his title rivals in the Jerez heat.

Danny Kent struggled on the Husqvarna and could not match his front row start from Argentina. The Briton placed 13th on the grid.

Miguel Oliveira saw a slight return to form, giving the Mahindra team a boost by taking 12th on the grid, the Indian manufacturers highest placed rider in Spain.

The Estrella Galicia Team has an extra member for the weekend as Maria Herrera makes her second wild-card appearance in the championship.

The 17 year-old, currently leading the Spanish Moto3 Championship starts from 16th, out qualifying fellow female rider and paddock regular Ana Carrasco who placed 28th for RW Racing.

After sitting out for most of FP1 rookie Karel Hanika once again suffered a failure on his Red Bull KTM Ajo pushing it into the pits with 20 minutes remaining. Only able to sit and watch the Czech rookie starts 29th.

Aspar rider Juanfran Guevara was the first and only rider to crash in the session after touching the grass and the bike in front of him. He qualified in 17th.