Sam Lowes placed himself perfectly on track after laps of frustration to secure pole for the Argentina Moto2 Grand Prix.
Space was at a premium at the Termas de Rio Hondo track in the closing minutes with the Gresini rider crossing the line for his final run as the chequered flag was about to wave after pulling out of several attempts, either meeting an on track battle or getting followed for a tow.
The British rider, clearly convinced of his ability to put in a special lap after winning at the circuit in 2015, said he “got my head down” and went to work for a stunning 1m 43.347s, the fastest lap for the class this weekend.
Reigning champion Johann Zarco also went faster on his final charge to the line but was still forced to settle for second on the grid, a tiny 0.119s behind the pole time for Ajo Motorsport after having lead the timesheets for most of the session.
Jonas Folger was also a strong contender for pole, finding success after running through the pits to find clear track, before improving further only to see both Lowes and Rins improve after his Dynavolt Intact GP bike had taken the flag.
Fourth went to a continually improving Taka Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) who chipped away at his time lap after lap.
Joining him on row two are EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli with a solid performance for fifth and Qatar winner Tom Luthi in sixth for Interwetten.
Sandro Cortese placed the second Dynavolt entry on row three in seventh, while Danny Kent picked off the places as the clock ticked down to climb from 20th to eighth for the Leopard team.
Lorenzo Baldassarri put in a herculean effort for Forward racing, securing ninth despite a double dislocated shoulder injury sustained in Qatar. The Italian has been running with an #IronBalda hashtag this weekend in recognition of his efforts to rally against the pain barrier.
The final spot in the top ten went to another rider still carrying injury, as Axel Pons (AGR Team) re-aggrivated his old injuries when he fell in Qatar.
Alex Rins just missed out on a top ten start, his final run on the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Pons machine was a personal best but only enough for eleventh in a tight session where the top sixteen were all less than a second off the pole time.
Miguel Oliveira rounded off a good day for the Leopard team as top rookie in 18th position.
Edgar Pons did not take part after it was confirmed he will miss both this round and the Americas GP in Austin due to a Hepatitis A infection.