World champion Tito Rabat set the standard early in Moto2 qualifying, ultimately earning a first pole of the season with over twenty minutes left on the clock as grip became an issue at Jerez.

The EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider lead an all-Kalex front row with unbeatable speed in the final sector as the hot conditions left the entire field struggling for grip. Despite a couple of wobbles Rabat flourished in the conditions with his 1m 42.874 remaining unbeaten at the flag.

Rookie Alex Rins lines up second on the grid, 0.305 adrift but showing his ability to adapt since joining Moto2 and the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 team with his best qualifying performance so far.

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Jonas Folger starts third for AGR Team, the German rider holding on to the position after spending much of the latter part of the session sat in his pit box as mechanics frantically worked on the bike after he had returned it to the pits. They succeeded in getting him back on track, but Folger had already done enough for the final front row spot, his first of the year.

Tom Luthi took fourth for Derendinger Racing Interwetten as he continues to improve with his new Kalex machine.

Taka Nakagami's very early effort held on to fifth for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia as improvements were hard to come by and Nakagami then crashed out later in the session.

The final spot on row three went to British rider Sam Lowes and the Speed Up team, as his bike struggled a little in the heat.

Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) will sit in seventh on the grid, Axel Pons (AGR Team) eighth after losing all his pace in the final sector.

Championship leader and Argentinean winner Johann Zarco had been the first to crash out, hitting the gravel at turn two before returning to take ninth for Ajo MotorSport.

Julian Simon improved to take the final top ten spot for QMMF Racing Team.

Alex Marquez starts from 17th, while last year's Jerez winner Mika Kallio is one place behind him in 18th.

Moto2 has the only wild-card rider at Jerez this weekend, with Edgar Pons slotting in at the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 team. He starts 23rd.

There were crashes throughout the session as the grip deteriorated and Zarco and Nakagami were joined in the gravel by Lorenzo Baldassarri, Louis Rossi and Thitpong Warokorn.