Rookie Aron Canet left it until the final seconds to snatch a debut pole position in qualifying for the Moto3 Grand Prix of Valencia.
Despite pain in his hand which made removing his glove hard after the session the Estrella Galicia rookie rider was still able to set a fastest lap of 1m 39.261s as he flew through the late traffic aboard his Honda.
The session was incredibly tight, with all of the top 26 riders within a second of the pole time.
Second went to Brad Binder, The Red Bull KTM Ajo looked every inch a champion as he calmly made progress up the timesheets.
The final front row spot was claimed by a flying final dash from Hiroki Ono, The Honda Team Asia rider put in his second best performance in qualifying following his second just a few rounds ago in Japan.
Nicolo Bulega will look to secure rookie of the year from fourth, the Sky Racing VR46 man is best placed in the standings and on the grid with rivals Joan Mir (Leopard) in tenth and Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini) twelfth in qualifying.
Joining the Italian on row two are RBA's Juanfran Guevara in fifth and Ongetta-Rivacold rider Nico Antonelli, finding a little form in the final round for sixth.
Schedl GP Racing's Philipp Oettl had lead the way entering the final frantic dash but was pushed back to seventh, with Bo Bendsneyder improving to eighth for Red Bull KTM Ajo and Enea Bastianini hoping to seal second in the championship on his Gresini from ninth. His main rival Jorge Navarro sits down in 17th.
There were falls in the session for Andrea Migno, Adam Norrodin, Jules Danilo and Andrea Locatelli. Lorenzo Petrarca had an engine blow.
With many riders picking up injuries in Sepang there are several replacement riders who will line up on Sundays grid- Vincente Perez replaces last seasons Valencia pole man; John McPhee at Peugeot and will start 21st after a fall.
Raul Fernandez is in for Maria Herrera at MH6 Team, and qualified a little higher in 19th while Enzo Boulom returns at CIP for Fabio Spiranelli and was 32nd.
There are wild-card entries in Valencia for Karel Hanika (Freundenberg Racing Team – KTM) in an impressive 13th on his return and Daniel Saez(GA Competicion - KTM) in 31st.