With excessive rain proving to be a great leveller at Indianapolis, Karel Abraham rounded off a day of surprises at Indianapolis by taking a last-gasp 250cc provisional pole.
The Czech rider clocked a time of 2min 2.529secs on his sixteenth and final lap of the first quarter-litre qualifying session, the risk associated with a track flooded in places paying off for the Cardion AB man.
Abraham was over a tenth of a second faster than second placed Hiroshi Aoyama, who himself made a late push onboard his Red Bull KTM machine. The Japanese rider had collided with team-mate Mika Kallio at Misano in the race, and they are alongside each other once more on the provisional front row.
The provisional front row is completed by Eugene Laverty who, like Abraham, pushed his inferior machinery to its limits in the wet and reaped the rewards at the end of the session. The Blusens Aprilia rider participated in World Supersport last weekend under similar conditions at Donington Park, and made the most of his recent experience to claim his provisional grid spot.
Lotus Aprilia´s Alex Debon, second Czech rider Lukas Pesek, Yamaha´s Doni Tata Pradita and KTM man Julian Simon put themselves on row two, whilst there was no place in the upper echelons for some of the established stars of the series.
Series leader Marco Simoncelli placed fifteenth, whilst title contender Alvaro Bautista was the lowest classifying rider. Mattia Pasini did not make the cut on any of his four laps in the afternoon run.
First qualifying - Indianapolis:
1. Abraham (Aprilia) 2min 2.529secs
2. Aoyama (KTM) +0.162secs
3. Kallio (KTM) +0.243secs
4. Laverty (Aprilia) +0.788secs
5. Debon (Aprilia) +1.155secs
6. Pesek (Aprilia) +1.422secs
7. Pradita (Yamaha) +2.301secs
8. Simon (KTM) +2.825secs
9. Toth (Aprilia) +3.052secs
10. Baldolini (Aprilia) +3.099secs