Star rookie Fabio Quartararo stormed to Moto3 pole at the first track this season he is familiar with, securing the front spot on the grid at a sunny Jerez.

The Estrella Honda rider repeatedly edged ahead as the lap times dropped with his best of 1m 46.791 giving the 16-year-old his first pole on just his fourth Grand Prix appearance.
Quartararo's lap also showed great timing by rider and team as traffic then held up many of his rivals as the clock ticked down.

Championship leader Danny Kent was one of those affected, his final lap full of red sector times before catching up to Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Romano Fenati, who the Leopard Racing rider had tried to escape from after they latched on to the winner of the last two rounds on his exit from the pits.

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Though visibly frustrated Kent had already done enough to place his Honda second on the grid, 0.120s behind rookie Quartararo's time.

The final front row slot went to Miguel Oliveira with a lap also set before the traffic on track dominated the close of the session, leaving him top KTM on the grid for Red Bull KTM Ajo.

Oliveira's team-mate Brad Binder starts fourth after some strong laps following the Portuguese rider, Philipp Oettl stormed to fifth for Schedl GP Racing ahead of Karel Hanika on the third Red Bull bike in sixth.

Row three is an all Italian affair with Gresnin's Enea Bastianini in seventh, last years race winner Romano Fenati (Sky Racing Team VR46) in eighth and Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) ninth.

Quartararo's Estrella Galicia team-mate and fellow rookie Jorge Navarro pushed enough to slip into the top ten.

Efren Vazquez who has been ill this weekend is off the pace and down the grid in 17th for Leopard Racing.

A late push saw Saxoprint RTG rider and Qatar winner Alexis Masbou move up the order for eleventh at the flag as the team continued to endure a tough weekend, even trying their 2014 settings to try and bridge the gap. Their other rider, John McPhee, starts 17th.

All the crash action came as the flag waved with Hanika bailing out just after taking sixth, with Remy Gardner lucky not to be collected by the tumbling Czech at turn nine.

Stefano Manzi then went to line up behind Oliveira for a practice start and ran straight into the back of the Red Bull machine, the Italian flipped over the front of his bike while Oliveira was left shaking his head in disbelief.