Sam Lowes secured pole for the second time this season after a crash with just under half an hour remaining forced the British rider to wait to make a late dash, topping the timesheets with a new record time of 1m 51.514, making him the first rider this year to take pole position twice.

Ahead of Speed Up's home Grand Prix Lowes secured the top spot for the second time in his career with six minutes remaining after a well timed run gave him the space needed to set his incredible circuit of the track just 0.123 shy of Macro Melandri's MotoGP qualifying lap.

The flying Briton is joined on the front row by Dominique Aegerter, who got a great tow from his Interwetten team-mate Tom Luthi for his best performance in qualifying this year, eclipsing his previous best of ninth on the Kalex back in Austin, though the Swiss rider admitted he is unsure if the speed he has found will translate to race pace.

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Aegerter's second place time set 22 minutes from the end had put him the top of the timesheets for most of the session and was only bettered by Lowes late dash.

The outside of the front row sees Tito Rabat in third ahead of his 150th Grand Prix start, with the EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider and defending champion still hunting for his first win this season.

Rabat's late charge pushed Luthi into fourth with the Swiss rider joined on row two by Pons man Luis Salom - who finished second at Mugello last year - in fifth and championship leader Johann Zarco, who was the last man to make an impact on the final standings, taking the flag to improve to sixth for Ajo Motorsport.

Simone Corsi is the best placed Italian on the grid in seventh for Athina Forward Racing, ahead of Gresini's Xavier Simeon in eighth and top rookie Alex Rins, behind his team-mate Salom for a change after struggling up to ninth in the closing moments of the session.

His biggest rival in the rookie standings, Alex Marquez, could only manage a best of 15th on the grid after following his team-mate Rabat.

Axel Pons completes the top ten for AGR Team with the time he set just seven minutes into the session good enough to keep him there, with the Spaniard crashing in the final ten minutes just as an improvement seemed on the cards.

Sandro Cortese also crashed towards the end though the German had secured 11th, with Robin Mulhauser and Florian Alt also among the fallers.

Julian Simon had a technical issue early on with his QMMF machine but was able to come back for 12th.

Mattia Pasini returns to the class with a wild-card, the Italian rides for Gresini Racing this weekend and will start from a respectable 18th on the grid.