An early run of strong laps saw championship leader Tito Rabat take control for pole position ahead of the Italian Moto2 Grand Prix at Mugello.

The Marc VDS rider set the pole time of 1m 52.718 on just his fourth lap of twenty, on his way to his fourth pole of this season.

Meanwhile a change back to his original settings lead to success for Sam Lowes who took an impressive second for Speed Up at their home track with his best qualifying performance since joining Moto2.

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The rookie manoeuvred through the traffic, managed his chatter issues and started to climb through the order in the final ten minutes.

When the Briton got track space he pushed his bike harder and despite using old tyres was just 0.183s behind his Spanish rival, mastering the final sector of the track which caused many riders problems.

German Sandro Cortese also put in one of his best qualifying performances ever to secure third for the Dynavolt Intact GP team.

Fellow countryman Jonas Folger wrestled his AGR Team Kalex hard on his way to fourth on the grid.

Joining him on the second row are Dominique Aegerter, after making progress up the timesheets in the second half of the session for Technomag carXpert in fifth, and Pons HP 40 rider Luis Salom who also found some rhythm late on for sixth.

Mapfre Aspar rider Jordi Torres had his first strong performance of the year on his way to seventh.

The grid continued its more unusual feel with Italtrans rider Franco Morbidelli working hard for eighth place, the highest placing Italian at home and his first top ten start.

Further down the grid ninth spot is filled by Interwetten's Tom Luthi, with Marcel Shrotter taking tenth for Tech3.

Le Mans race winner Mika Kallio starts from 11th after not being able to match his team-mate Rabat for pace. Race winning rookie Maverick Vinales looked frustrated and a last lap dash was only enough to push the Pons rider from 20th to 16th.

Gino Rea starts from 28th for AGT Rea Racing.

A massive crash just six minutes in ended the hopes of Alex De Angelis, his heavily damaged Tasca Racing bike tumbled away from him.

Just minutes later Randy Krummenacher also fell sending his bike spiralling,having previously shown some promise in the damp practice sessions.

The only other crasher in the session was Julian Simon, who had an acrobatic trip into the gravel in the closing minutes.