Marc Marquez made it three Moto2 pole positions in a row with a scintillating late effort in Czech Grand Prix qualifying at Brno.
The 18-year-old Spaniard had battled hard with championship leader Stefan Bradl for the duration of the session, but looked to have been beaten by his rival when the German produced a 2m00.704s lap with two minutes of the session remaining.
Marquez was not done, however, and after finding two major slipstreams during the final minute, was able to lap in 2m00.493s on his Team Catalunya Suter machine, 0.211sec quicker than the Kiefer Kalex rider. His lap made it four poles from the last five Moto2 grands prix.
Marquez's late lap knocked Alex de Angelis back to third, and the JIR Motobi rider headed Tomas Luthi's Interwetten Suter and Andrea Iannone's Speed Master Suter, the latter securing his best grid position of the year.
Pons Kalex rider Aleix Espargaro and Idoa FTR's Simone Corsi were next up, the latter frustrating Espargaro's brother Pol during the session after getting in his way. Completing the top 10 were Corsi's teammate Mattias Pasini, Claudio Corti's Italtrans Suter and Bradl's teammate Randy Krummenacher. The Austrian rider could have been higher up but for a crash in the final five minutes while there were also shunts for Santiago Hernandez and Esteve Rabat.
Bradley Smith and Scott Redding could manage only 16th and 20th places for the Tech 3 and Marc VDS Suter teams respectively.