The weather played a big part in proceedings in the qualifying sessions for all the classes with Moto3 first up to test out the changeable damp weather.
It was to be Jack Miller who was to time everything right for the best gaps in the weather and on the track to set the top time at just the right time.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was even able to further shave down the new lap record – set by Enea Bastianini in FP2 and bettered at the start of qualifying by Alex Marquez – to leave it at 1m 42.240.
Marquez’s previous timesheet topper was good enough to place his Estrella Galicia Honda second.
Niklas Ajo continues his fine run of form and ensures a mix of manufacturers on the front row as his close slipstreaming bolstered his Husqvarna into third.
The second row features Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) in fourth, Niccolo Antonelli (Junior Go&Fun Gresini Moto2) in fifth and Alex Rins who placed his Estrella Galica bike sixth after a few repairs.
Also qualifying well were Team Calvo’s Isaac Vinales and top rookie qualifier Karel Hankia, the Red Bull rider just ahead of early session leader Romano Fenati who started well and faded for ninth for Sky Racing Team VR46.
All the riders inside the top ten in the ever competitive Moto3 field were within half a second of the best time with tenth being secured by Brit John McPhee courtesy of a trademark fast last lap. He was one place ahead of fellow countryman Danny Kent in 11th on the second of the Husqvarna bikes.
Bastianini could not find his practice pace in 12th, Miguel Oliveira could only watch his previous best lap being smashed again from his Mahindra in 13thwhile top home rider was the wild-card returnee Jasper Iwema in 17th.
Moto2 saw Rabat settle in to his formula of lapping until you get it right, though this time the Marc VDS charger left it to the closing minutes to take his sixth pole this season.
Dominique Aegerter had been setting the standard until the Spanish title leader posted his 1m 37.311, though the Swiss rider was still happy to celebrate his best qualifying performance to date.
The front row of Moto2 is also a multi-maker offering as Rabat’s Kalex and the Technomag carXpert Suter are joined by the Speed Up of Sam Lowes.
A mix of track knowledge – Lowes having had a race win and pole at Assen in his championship winning Supersport season of 2013 – and testing the bike meant that the Briton could even overcome some last minute, mid-session changes to his machinery on his way to third, his second front row start in his first year of Moto2.
The all Kalex row two sees a frustrated and held up Mika Kallio in fourth (Marc VDS), a resurgent Taka Nakagami in fifth (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing) in sixth.
Row three has Johann Zarco in seventh for Air Asia Caterham Suter, Maverick Vinales eighth (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) and an impressive ride again pushes the Tech 3 of Ricky Cardus to ninth.
Xavier Simeon completes the top ten starters for Federal Oil Gresini.
Gino Rea’s bike woes continue down in 33rd, behind even Robin Mulhauser’s Technomag bike which caught fire.
Also notably low down the list is Jonas Folger. The AGR team worked frantically to repair his bike after his crash and help him return to the session but it was to no avail as the German starts 21st.