Marc Marquez's domination of Moto2 qualifying continued at Catalunya as he sealed his fourth consecutive pole position by almost two tenths of a second.
The Spaniard had made a quiet start to his weekend in practice, but come qualifying was once again a force at the front, leading into the final 10 minutes when the majority of the frontrunners exited the pitlane in unison.
Championship leader Pol Espargaro (Pons Kalex) held first place for a fleeting moment but Marquez was soon back on top. The Monlau Suter man then shaved off almost one tenth from his own benchmark to move further clear of the field and ultimately claim a fourth pole in the opening five races.
Espargaro's effort was enough to hold second ahead of Thomas Luthi (Paddock Suter), the only man other than Marquez to have started from the front in 2012.
Andrea Iannone (Speed Master Speed Up) was the last man to get within three tenths of a second of Marquez's time, Simone Corsi (Ioda FTR) ending the session in fifth, 0.629s down.
Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP Suter) and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Kalex) both got within five hundredths of Corsi's time, ending sixth and seventh.
Toni Elias (Aspar Suter) and Esteve Rabat (Pons Kalex) completed the third row.
Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Kalex) crashed with Ricard Cardus 15 minutes from the session's end, dropping outside the top 10 to 12th as a result.
Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Marc Marquez Monlau Suter 1m46.187s 2. Pol Espargaro Pons Kalex 1m46.382s + 0.195s 3. Thomas Luthi Paddock Suter 1m46.430s + 0.243s 4. Andrea Iannone Speed Master Speed Up 1m46.477s + 0.290s 5. Simone Corsi Ioda FTR 1m46.816s + 0.629s 6. Dominique Aegerter Technomag-CIP Suter 1m46.844s + 0.657s 7. Scott Redding Marc VDS Kalex 1m46.866s + 0.679s 8. Toni Elias Aspar Suter 1m47.107s + 0.920s 9. Esteve Rabat Pons Kalex 1m47.107s + 0.920s 10. Alex de Angelis Forward Suter 1m47.115s + 0.928s 11. Jordi Torres Tech 3 1m47.239s + 1.052s 12. Takaaki Nakagami Italtrans Kalex 1m47.275s + 1.088s 13. Bradley Smith Tech 3 1m47.423s + 1.236s 14. Johann Zarco JIR Motobi 1m47.427s + 1.240s 15. Nicolas Terol Aspar Suter 1m47.468s + 1.281s 16. Claudio Corti Italtrans Kalex 1m47.583s + 1.396s 17. Julian Simon Avintia Suter 1m47.631s + 1.444s 18. Roberto Rolfo Technomag-CIP Suter 1m47.646s + 1.459s 19. Mika Kallio Marc VDS Kalex 1m47.654s + 1.467s 20. Randy Krummenacher Switzerland Kalex 1m47.753s + 1.566s 21. Angel Rodriguez SAG Bimota 1m47.841s + 1.654s 22. Yuki Takahashi Forward Suter 1m47.843s + 1.656s 23. Gino Rea Gresini Suter 1m48.041s + 1.854s 24. Mike di Meglio Speed Master Speed Up 1m48.060s + 1.873s 25. Ricard Cardus Arguinano AJR 1m48.074s + 1.887s 26. Max Neukirchner Kiefer Kalex 1m48.090s + 1.903s 27. Ratthapark Wilairot Gresini Suter 1m48.096s + 1.909s 28. Axel Pons Pons Kalex 1m48.453s + 2.266s 29. Anthony West QMMF Moriwaki 1m48.751s + 2.564s 30. Alexander Lundh MZ 1m49.081s + 2.894s 31. Marco Colandrea SAG FTR 1m49.740s + 3.553s 32. Elena Rosell QMMF Moriwaki 1m50.478s + 4.291s