Home hero Sam Lowes took the wet weather in his stride to repeat his pole performance of 2015 to secure the top spot on the grid for the Moto2 Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The Gresini rider pushed hard as the session drew to a close as he ploughed a route through the spay on track for an unbeatable 2m 26.740 lap in the wet.
As he pushed his Kalex to the limit to make history – he was also the second British rider on pole today after Cal Crutchlow took the honours in the MotoGP session - his nearest on-track rival, championship leader Johann Zarco faltered, a rare mistake from the Ajo Motorsport rider adding his name to the ever extending list of fallers at the iconic track.
The Frenchman had already done enough to secure second, with Jonas Folger, who won in the wet in Brno, again performing well in rainy conditions to secure third for Dynavolt Intact GP.
Alex Marquez had looked to be in control until Lowes and Zarco decided to up the pace, but a crash for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider saw him left to wait and watch, but his best was only beaten further by Folger, dropping him to fourth.
Hafizh Syahrin looked pleased with his late run which elevated him to fifth for Petronas Raceline Malaysia, with the final row two place filled by Franco Morbidelli on the second Marc VDS entry.
Isaac Vinales eclipsed his previous best qualifying performance of 23rd since joining the Moto2 class by claiming seventh on the grid for Tech 3, the Spaniard was also the top rookie in qualifying.
Eighth went to Lorenzo Baldassarri of Forward Racing and ninth to Speed Up man Simone Corsi, though he too crashed during the session. The final spot inside the top ten was filled by Tom Luthi, also taking a tumble from his Garage Plus Interwetten.
Danny Kent, the Moto3 winner at Silverstone last season, will start from twelfth on the grid for the Leopard team after fading as qualifying intensified.
A determined Alex Rins struggled after being declared fit to race following surgery for his collarbone injury sustained after Brno, he cautiously battled his way up to 19th as the clock ticked down.
Iker Lecuona replaces the injured Dominique Aegerter at CarXpert Interwetten, he fell twice which left him struggling in 26th.
The weather claimed many fallers with early leader Robin Mulhauser, Miguel Oliveira, Ratthapark Wilairot, Marcel Schrotter, Remy Gardner, and Luca Marini all crashing.