Aron Canet caused a surprise by pipping Joan Mir to pole at the Sachsenring, after the track took another drenching in qualifying for the Moto3 Grand Prix in Germany.

The Estrella Galicia Honda rider built on his win at Assen with a masterful lap of the short, resurfaced track, which dried quicker than expected after a short but heavy shower.

Leopard's Mir had led before the downpour and was frustrated to miss out after indecision over whether to return to track, meaning he left it too late to be able to fight for first.

Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) also picked up the pace in the final minutes to round out the front row for KTM.

Marcos Ramirez scored yet another new best qualifying performance after hanging on to fourth for Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM.

Sixteen year old Tony Arbolino led at the start of the session with a time good enough at the chequered flag to hold fifth for SIC58 Squadra Corse. The top rookie performer also put in his best qualifying performance in tricky conditions.

Romano Fenati was furious with Danny Kent who he seemed to think was impeding him and gaining a tow, risking the wrath of race direction to gesticulate at the Brit and let him know how he felt on his way to sixth for Marinelli Rivacold Snipers.

Philipp Oettl (Sudmetall Schedl GP Racing) will be hoping his late rise to seventh on the grid will be enough to help him make the most of his home race. He qualified just ahead of Red Bull KTM Ajo's Bo Bendsneyder who was the first rider to make an impact after the rain, and did enough to hold eighth on the grid.

Enea Bastianini was down in 20th before the rain and was able to make the most of his second chance, claiming ninth on the second Estrella Galicia entry, while John McPhee did the same to rise up to tenth for the British Talent Team.

Kent returns to replace the injured Nico Antonelli at Red Bull and qualified 16th , but will have a twelve place penalty applied to his final position after riding slowly in practice.

Raul Fernandez also runs as a replacement, in for Albert Arenas. He starts 28th one place ahead of Maria Herrera, who also picked up a twelve place penalty, taking her to the back of the grid on Sunday behind wild-card Tim Georgi (Frudenberg Racing Team- KTM) who currently holds 31st position.

Jorge Martin misses the final race before the summer break after picking up a broken right tibia and ankle when he crashed on Friday.

By Lisa Lewis