Sky Racing Team VR46 rider Celestino Vietti came through Q1 to claim his maiden career World Championship pole position in Buriram.
With FP3 a wash out, Vietti wasn’t able to improve on his Friday free practice times, leaving him to go through Q1. The Italian managed that comfortably, topping the Q1 session and after the initial set of laps sitting in the top six.
With the clock ticking down, Vietti just managed to get across the line to start his flying lap and it was evident early in the lap that Vietti had the pace to challenge at the front, however he wasn’t the only one.
Gabi Rodrigo had completed a super lap on his own, however, with the chequered flag out, it appeared Rodrigo’s lap wasn’t going to be enough, with Aron Canet, Albert Arenas and Vietti all over half a second faster than the Argentine.
As they crossed the line Canet took the pole from Rodrigo, only to see Arenas go faster and take it from his compatriot. The best was saved for last as Vietti crossed the line with a 1:42.599 which was pole by just over a tenth.
Marcos Ramirez will start from second with Arenas rounding out the front row in third place. Kaito Toba will head the second row in fourth with Alonso Lopez and World Championship challenger Canet in sixth.
Canet will be disappointed after briefly sitting on the pole, however he will be buoyed by the fact that his biggest rival Lorenzo Dalla Porta’s qualifying struggles continue, with the Italian starting down in tenth place.
Andrea Migno will start from seventh with Rodrigo and Tony Arbolino joining the Italian on the third row.