By Lisa Lewis

Speed Up rider Sam Lowes commanded Qatar qualifying in Losail, looking for race pace and set-up in the first half of the session before pulling the pin to set the new circuit and pole record of 1m 59.423, a time which remained untouched in the following 13 minutes.

A late crash for the Briton after a slow out lap did nothing to deflate his spirits as he topped the timesheets. Lowes had been the form man entering qualifying having lead all the previous sessions, repeatedly setting new fast laps as the two-minute threshold fell for the fist time in Losail this weekend.

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Johann Zarco again provided the most pressure, his best efforts erased by the times of Lowes. The Ajo Motorsport rider pushed his Kalex to the limit and all the way to the chequered flag, but his last lap just fell short of his own best time, leaving the Frenchman second and three tenths adrift.

With practice form holding true it will be defending champion Tito Rabat who fills the final front row spot, with his consistent lap times strong enough to hold on to third for the Estrella Galicia Marc VDS rider.

The German pair of Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Jonas Folger (AGR Team) also both broke the two minute benchmark in qualifying to secure fourth and fifth on the grid respectively.

The all Kalex row two is completed by Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini), just holding off the improving Tom Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) who, since his switch from being a Suter rider, is streets ahead of his Interwetten team-mates in seventh, with Aegerter 25th and Mulhauser 28th.

Italtrans rider Franco Morbidelli starts eighth, Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) is the top rookie in ninth and Simone Corsi (Athina Forward Racing) completes the top ten.

Axel Pons (AGR Team) drops outside of his top ten form in 11th, with Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) also just missing out as he continues to get to grips with Moto2 in 12th.

Behind Lowes' Speed Up the next bikes to break up the Kalex domination in the class belonged to Tech3 with Louis Rossi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) 13th and Tech 3's own Ricky Cardus in 14th.

After bringing his Italtrans back into the pits with problems, 2014 title runner-up Mika Kallio returned to set a personal best and move up from 22nd to 16th.