Dani Pedrosa beat his championship rivals to snatch pole position ahead of tomorrow's French MotoGP at Le Mans.
The Honda rider managed a superb effort right at the last second to sneak ahead of the three men who are currently in front of him in the points standings.
The Spaniard's time of 1m33.974s beat Jorge Lorenzo's (Yamaha) by the tiny margin of 0.005 seconds, followed by Casey Stoner's Ducati a further seven hundredths behind completing the front row.
Championship leader Valentino Rossi, on the second works Yamaha, was never a proper threat for pole, managing to lead the session only in the first quarter of an hour. Ultimately he had to settle for fourth, 0.132s behind Pedrosa.
Andrea Dovizioso managed a fifth spot on the grid with his Honda, followed by Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha), who led proceedings in the middle part of the session, and the Suzukis of Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi.
Marco Melandri will start the race from ninth position after the Italian lost the front of his Hayate Kawasaki at the half-hour mark, crashed and tumbled. His left hand was slightly hurt when it got caught under the handlebar, but he was able to resume riding after walking back to the pits.
Randy de Puniet completes the top ten despite a crash with his LCR Honda with only seven minutes of the session gone.
Pos Rider Bike Time
1. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m33.974s
2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m33.979s + 0.005s
3. Casey Stoner Ducati 1m34.049s + 0.075s
4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m34.106s + 0.132s
5. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m34.300s + 0.326s
6. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 1m34.330s + 0.356s
7. Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 1m34.676s + 0.702s
8. Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1m34.839s + 0.865s
9. Marco Melandri Hayate Kawasaki 1m35.008s + 1.034s
10. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda 1m35.399s + 1.425s
11. Toni Elias Gresini Honda 1m35.431s + 1.457s
12. James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha 1m35.524s + 1.550s
13. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m35.682s + 1.708s
14. Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 1m35.741s + 1.767s
15. Yuki Takahashi Scot Honda 1m35.774s + 1.800s
16. Alex de Angelis Gresini Honda 1m35.785s + 1.811s
17. Niccolo Canepa Pramac Ducati 1m36.136s + 2.162s