Mattia Pasini claimed his second pole in a row after setting the pace at the Red Bull Ring as his early hot lap held on by the narrowest of margins in qualifying for the Austrian Moto2 Grand Prix.

The Italtrans rider had already taken the chequered flag on his Kalex so could only sit and watch as Franco Morbidelli ran incredibly close to his time on his final trip around the Ring, holding on to the top spot by just 0.001s to back up his current run of form following on from pole in Brno, where he then lead before the race was restarted only to the crash out of contention.

Championship leader Morbidelli had chipped away at the top time throughout the session, slowly drawing closer despite having one of his best laps cancelled before his final impressive lap.

Joining him on the front row is EG 0,0 Marc VDS team-mate Alex Marquez after an aggressive assault on the clock at the end of the session.

Francesco Bagnaia just missed out on the top three but was the top rookie for Sky Racing Team VR46.

Tom Luthi will be mounting his title challenge from fifth with Interwetten, just ahead of Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP 40) in sixth as he continues to find his form in Moto2 after the summer break.

Isaac Vinales (BE-A-VIP SAG Team) secured seventh on the grid, Miguel Oliveira eighth for Red Bull KTM Ajo and Taka Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) ninth as he continued to improve over the 45 minutes.

Xavi Vierge managed an incredible tenth following a bizarre start to the session as qualifying got off to the worst possible start for Tech 3.

Remy Gardner suffered a strange slip at the entry to turn one, only for Vierge to pass his crash and then suffer the same fate in the opposite direction as his bike spun across the track. Vierge then returned to track with just 17 minutes to set a time, taking tenth in the final seconds. Gardner starts 25th.

Jorge Navarro also had a dramatic session with a spectacular crash which became a u-turn save at turn three on his way to eleventh.

Simone Corsi was the only other faller in the session, the Speed Up rider will fill 15th on the grid.

Danny Kent rejoins Moto2 as a replacement for Marcel Schrotter at Dynavolt as he continues his recovery from his wrist injury. Kent picked up his own injury after being diagnosed with whiplash following his incident with Marquez on Friday. He still hopes to race but qualified down in 29th, just ahead of fellow Brit Tarran Mackenzie - who replaced him at Kiefer Racing - in 30th.



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