Hector Barbera has beaten fellow Spaniard Alvaro Bautista to pole positions ahead of the 250cc Portuguese Grand Prix at Valencia.
The Pepe Aprilia rider's best time of 1m40.596s was set five minutes from the end of the 45-minute session, but no one managed to beat it even though the Aspar Aprilia rider came within six hundredths of it.
Reigning champion Marco Simoncelli had to be content with third with his Gilera, just three hundredths slower than Bautista, with championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama completing the front row with his Scot Honda.
Alex Debon will lead the second row provided his crash with ten minutes left in the session doesn't sideline him. The Blusens Aprilia rider left the scene of the crash on a stretcher.
Raffaele de Rosa on the second Scot Honda will start from the sixth grid slot, ahead of fellow Italian Mattia Pasini with the Globalgest Aprilia and Thai Honda's Ratthapark Wilairot.
Matteoni Aprilia's Jules Cluzel and Aspar Aprilia's Mike di Meglio round up the top ten.
Pos Rider Bike Time Laps 1. Hector Barbera Aprilia 1m40.596s 19 2. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1m40.654s + 0.058s 22 3. Marco Simoncelli Gilera 1m40.684s + 0.088s 21 4. Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1m40.879s + 0.283s 21 5. Alex Debon Aprilia 1m41.008s + 0.412s 13 6. Raffaele De Rosa Honda 1m41.169s + 0.573s 21 7. Mattia Pasini Aprilia 1m41.182s + 0.586s 17 8. R.Wilairot Honda 1m41.190s + 0.594s 21 9. Jules Cluzel Aprilia 1m41.205s + 0.609s 1810. Mike Di Meglio Aprilia 1m41.353s + 0.757s 1911. Hector Faubel Honda 1m41.537s + 0.941s 2112. Karel Abraham Aprilia 1m41.728s + 1.132s 2213. Thomas Luthi Aprilia 1m41.764s + 1.168s 2214. R.Locatelli Gilera 1m41.794s + 1.198s 1715. Shuhei Aoyama Honda 1m42.194s + 1.598s 2116. Alex Baldolini Aprilia 1m42.312s + 1.716s 1917. Shoya Tomizawa Honda 1m42.348s + 1.752s 2018. Lukas Pesek Aprilia 1m42.659s + 2.063s 1819. Valentin Debise Honda 1m43.427s + 2.831s 1820. Axel Pons Aprilia 1m43.445s + 2.849s 1821. Balazs Nemeth Aprilia 1m44.305s + 3.709s 1722. Vladimir Leonov Aprilia 1m44.583s + 3.987s 1823. Bastien Chesaux Aprilia 1m45.605s + 5.009s 2024. C.Moretti Aprilia 1m47.971s + 7.375s 1925. Imre Toth Aprilia 1m48.795s + 8.199s 9