The British Moto3 Grand Prix is set up to be an action packed affair, as pole changed hands four times in the final seconds before Romano Fenati landed his Honda on top of the timesheets at Silverstone.

It is the first pole of the season for the Marinelli Rivacold Snipers man, with his last time on top in qualifying being back in Mugello 2016, the Italians final effort of 2m12.846s being a solo one on track after finding being in the pack held no slipstream advantage.

He is joined on the front row by his main rival for the season, championship leader Joan Mir, with the Leopard man initially finding himself having a flurry of laps cancelled before finding his feet, eventually just 0.016s behind Fenati.

Third went to Austria’s pole man, top KTM rider Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA), with all of the top four riders briefly holding pole position as the session turned into a final lap Superpole- style shootout.

That fourth went to home rider John McPhee, the first of the four to top the timesheets as he found a way to make gains in the lead group over the line, before seeing his time beaten as he watched the timing screen from his British Racing Team bike.

He is joined on row two by Nico Antonelli who moved up to fifth on his final lap for Red Bull KTM Ajo and Andrea Migno in sixth for Sky Racing VR46.

Bo Bendsneyder had early pace, leading him to provisional first before having his best lapped cancelled. He rallied to seventh ahead of the second of the VR46 riders; Nicolo Bulega; in eighth.

Jorge Martin sat out the wet FP3 as he continues to recover from injury, then came back for ninth for Gresini, with Juanfran Guevara completing the top ten on the second RBA entry.

Elsewhere Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia) surprised by being completely off the pace in 17th , Maria Herrera found little birthday cheer in 22nd , while Juame Masia, who remains as Darryn Binder’s replacement at Platinum Bay Real Estate, could only manage 28th.

A pair of British Wild-card riders join the line up, with Jake Archer the best of the two, but only 31st after impressing in a damp FP3. His City Lifing/RS Racing team-mate Tom Booth-Amos sits 33rd on the grid.

Jakub Kornfeil is the only person to have started all previous 99 Moto3 grand prix, and will line up in a disappointing 31st for the 100th with Peugeot MC Saxoprint.