Championship leader Marc Marquez will start the British MotoGP at Silverstone from pole position after setting a new lap record at the Northamptonshire circuit.
The Repsol Honda rider set a new fastest lap of two minutes 0.691 seconds after a fierce battle with defending champion Jorge Lorenzo.
The factory Yamaha rider was the first to break Casey Stoner's lap record in the final qualifying session before Marquez went quicker.
Marquez again lowered the best time and will start his bid for a fifth MotoGP race win in succession from pole position.
He will be joined on the front row by Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha.
Crutchlow will start his home race from the front row but only after an eventful day.
Crutchlow had earlier crashed twice during the first practice session of the day but walked away from both accidents, suffering a badly swollen arm.
Caught out by colder than expected tyre temperatures despite the sunshine he wrecked his first-choice bike and then also fell from his back-up machine.
However, that was not too badly damaged and he was able to set the third best time in the final qualifying session.