Claudio Corti took pole position for the Silverstone Moto2 race, on an unusual grid that saw riders with previous experience of the original track from Superstock and Supersport racing reap the benefits.
Heading into the closing stages, a group of riders who had been in the midfield all year were battling for pole, with Arne Tode, Yonny Hernandez and Alex Baldonini swapping the top spot.
Corti, who had been quick in pre-season testing but showed little form thereafter until Silverstone practice, then grabbed pole with a 2m09.624s lap, which proved unbeatable.
Jules Cluzel moved up to second in the end, with Stefan Bradl and Julian Simon filling the front row.
Hernandez ended up fifth in front of Xavier Simeon, Baldolini and Tode.
The title contenders all struggled. Shoya Tomizawa had an early crash but at least salvaged 11th, while Simone Corsi and points leader Toni Elias were back in 17th and 19th respectively.
British rider Scott Redding was in the fight for pole for a while, before slipping to 12th.
Pos Rider Bike Time Gap 1. Claudio Corti Suter 2m09.624s 2. Jules Cluzel Suter 2m10.037s + 0.413s 3. Stefan Bradl Suter 2m10.413s + 0.789s 4. Julian Simon Suter 2m10.419s + 0.795s 5. Yonni Hernandez BQR 2m10.475s + 0.851s 6. Xavier Simeon Moriwaki 2m10.492s + 0.868s 7. Alex Baldolini ICP 2m10.578s + 0.954s 8. Arne Tode Suter 2m10.634s + 1.010s 9. Thomas Luthi Moriwaki 2m10.654s + 1.030s 10. Fonsi Nieto Moriwaki 2m10.668s + 1.044s 11. Shoya Tomizawa Suter 2m10.688s + 1.064s 12. Scott Redding Suter 2m10.768s + 1.144s 13. Dominique Agerter Suter 2m10.773s + 1.149s 14. Karel Abraham FTR 2m10.802s + 1.178s 15. Simone Corsi Motobi 2m10.821s + 1.197s 16. Andrea Iannone Speed Up 2m10.846s + 1.222s 17. Alex Debon FTR 2m10.864s + 1.240s 18. Toni Elias Moriwaki 2m11.050s + 1.426s 19. Gabor Talmacsi Speed Up 2m11.177s + 1.553s 20. Axel Pons Pons Kalex 2m11.190s + 1.566s 21. Mattia Pasini Motobi 2m11.212s + 1.588s 22. Sergio Gadea Pons Kalex 2m11.221s + 1.597s 23. Kenny Noyes Promo Harris 2m11.410s + 1.786s 24. Ratthapark Wilairot Bimota 2m11.421s + 1.797s 25. Lukas Pesek Moriwaki 2m11.457s + 1.833s 26. Niccolo Canepa Scot 2m11.461s + 1.837s 27. Roberto Rolfo Suter 2m11.537s + 1.913s 28. Bernat Martinez Bimota 2m11.613s + 1.989s 29. Robertino Pietri Suter 2m11.684s + 2.060s 30. Kevin Coughlan FTR 2m11.694s + 2.070s 31. Mike di Meglio Suter 2m11.815s + 2.191s 32. Hector Faubel Suter 2m11.948s + 2.324s 33. Anthony West MZ 2m12.052s + 2.428s 34. Vladimir Ivanov Moriwaki 2m12.167s + 2.543s 35. Joan Olive Promo Harris 2m12.340s + 2.716s 36. Raffaele de Rosa Tech 3 2m12.360s + 2.736s 37. Anthony Delhalle BQR 2m12.502s + 2.878s 38. Yuki Takahashi Tech 3 2m12.568s + 2.944s 39. Valentin Debise ADV 2m13.106s + 3.482s 40. Vladimir Leonov Suter 2m13.240s + 3.616s