Gresini's Enea Bastianini claimed his third pole position of the season after beating the traffic and the clock with a perfectly timed lap as the action heated up in the Moto3 qualifying at Misano.

The session only really came into it's own in the final five minutes as the riders dropped into the 1m 42 times for the first time during qualifying and it was Honda rider Bastianini who took full advantage with a 1m 42.486 on his penultimate lap, despite being slowed after finding Jorge Martin drifting on the racing line, narrowly avoiding contact.

The home rider will look to cut the points lead of Championship leader Danny Kent, who was enjoying his own late drama while searching for a front row start and is well placed to do so from pole, and will be confident of a good ride after finishing fifth from 17th on the grid at Misano last season.

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Second on the grid went to Brad Binder, the first front row start for the Red Bull Ajo rider as he makes the most of the KTM chassis improvements.

Kent only just crossed the line in time for his last lap dash for a front row start and was on the edge as he gave everything to snatch third, just 0.3 short of the pole time, though the Leopard rider was slower than his new record lap time set in FP3. Kent had been 14th heading into the final five minutes.

The Briton's hot lap pushed Ongetta-Rivacold rider Niccolo Antonelli back on to row two, while a late surge saw Romano Fenati pick up six places for fifth on his Sky Racing VR46 machine.

Early session leader Miguel Oliveira ended his day in sixth on the second Red Bull entry.

Leopard's Efren Vazquez secured seventh despite finding the gravel at turn four with 17 minutes left on the clock. He is joined on row two by Lorenzo Dalla Porta, showing what the Husqvarna is capable of and seemingly unfazed by his involvement in Jorge Navarro's practice crash.

Philipp Oettl also impressed, pushing in the final minutes on his improved Schedl Racing KTM for ninth with Hiroki Ono also qualifying well on the final Leopard entry in tenth after tailing his team-mates.

The best of the Mahindra riders was Franceso Bagnaia who survived a huge wobble on his way to 12th.

British rider John McPhee had a difficult day and finished the session a lowly 26th; worryingly he was also well behind his SaxoPrint team-mate Alexis Masbou who starts from 13th.

The only Moto3 wild-card at Misano is Hungarian rider Adrian Gyutai, who qualified 33rd.

Andrea Locatelli was the first to fall, lasting just seven minutes before becoming turn ten's latest victim.

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 team takes no further part in the weekend's action after an FP1 crash for Navarro left him with a blood clot in his head, seeing him declared unfit to race. Fabio Quartararo is also out after breaking his ankle in FP2, and will also miss the Aragon round.