Mattia Pasini found the perfect patch of track time amid the changeable drizzly conditions to return to pole position for the fifth time this year at Phillip Island for the Australian Moto2 Grand Prix.

The Italtrans rider spent much of the early part of the session battling for the top spot with Marcel Schrotter, who seemed back to his best and fully recovered from his injury woes, but it was to be Pasini who stood at the top of the timesheets with a best of 1m 33.000s when the track conditions worsened and improvements became harder to come by.

Dynavolt Intact GP rider Schrotter was just 0.008s short of the top time in second with Miguel Oliveira claiming third, meaning Kalex, Suter and KTM are all represented on the front of the grid.

The Red Bull KTM rider spent much of his track time alongside his team-mate Brad Binder, who looks to have found his-pre injury form with a superb fourth, the top rookie performance and his best qualifying result since moving up to Moto2.

Championship leader Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) could only manage a best of fifth, but still holds advantage in the title hunt with his main rival Tom Luthi only just making the top ten for Interwetten.

Sixth went to Motegi winner Alex Marquez, just a shade slower around The Island than his team-mate, with Taka Nakagami who was on pole last week down in sixth for Idemitsu. The Japanese rider had lead the way on Friday, but like many who have fallen at Philip Island this weekend the Japanese rider seemed more cautious post-crash.

Domique Aegerter secured eighth and Jesko Raffin took a career best ninth, which pushed his team-mate Luthi down to tenth.

Moto2’s home rider Remy Gardner starts the race on Sunday from 16th with Tech 3.

Lorenzo Baldassarri was deemed fit to qualify after dislocating his shoulder in morning practice and rallied for 16th, he was still the top Forward bike as Luca Marini struggled to 30th, keeping Tarran Mackenzie (Leopard Racing) off the bottom in 29th.

Xavier Simeon set no time as he suffered an early crash at turn eleven after the rain subsided.


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