Danny Kent oozed confidence as his timing and pace saw him set a new lap record of 1m 56.615s with five minutes remaining, a time which remained unchallenged as the chequered flag brought qualifying to an end.

The Leopard racing rider had only six laps under his belt as he played a waiting game, initially planning to go out and benefit from a tow to gain the time the British racer had been losing in the final sector.

He abandoned that plan and placed his Honda on pole with ease as he rode alone, giving a master-class on how to ride the iconic Italian track.

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The main challenge came from a late hot lap from his team-mate Hiroki Ono, who finished just 0.289 off Kent's pace after getting a massive tow from Niccolo Antonelli. Second on the grid is a career best qualifying performance from the Japanese rider.

The final spot on the front row went to the top Italian performer at home, KTM rider Romano Fenati.
Fenati, who won at the last round in Le Mans and was the race winner from last season's Mugello race, was frustrated by his fellow countrymen in the closing moments as he looked for improvements but the Sky Racing Team VR46 rider had already done enough to secure third, his best qualifying result so far this season.

Karel Hanika also found pace in the closing stages and was the best of the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders in fourth, easily out-qualifying his team-mates with Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder outside the top ten in 11th and 12th respectively.

Fifth went to Ongetta-Rivacold rider Antonelli, with Jakub Kornfeil sixth for Drive M7 SIC, while Gresini's Enea Bastianini spent much of his time tangling with Antonelli on his way to seventh on the grid.

Joining him on row three are fellow Italians Francesco Bagnaia, who left it to his penultimate lap to slide up into eighth for Mapfre Team Mahindra and the second Gresini bike piloted by Andrea Locatelli in ninth.

Isaac Vinales completes the top ten as the top Husqvarna rider, but unusually for Moto3 only the top nine riders are within a second of the pole time.

Disaster struck for top rookie Fabio Quartararo who, when flying with a screen full of red sectors, lost the front leaving him unable to improve. The French rider still outclassed his Estrella Galicia 0,0 team-mate Jorge Navarro with Quartararo 13th - four places ahead of the Spaniard.

John McPhee was the best of the SaxoPrint RTG team-mates in 19th, with Qatar race winner Alexis Masbou 23rd as the team continues to struggle.

Moto3 has two wild-card rides for Italian riders with Anthony Groppi placing his FTR Honda on the grid in 34th for Pos Corse and Marco Bezzecchi adding an extra Mahindra to the grid starting 35th for Minimoto Portmaggiore.