Leopard Racing’s Marcos Ramirez secured his first Moto3 pole position, mastering the try conditions to beat out Aron Canet in Phillip Island.
With weather conditions tricky and typically Phillip Island, there was a brief moment where riders had to consider if they felt confident on slick tyres and it soon became clear it was the only option for those looking at pole.
With rain threatening throughout, every lap felt like a last gasp bid for pole and when the chequered flag eventually came it, it was the Spaniard who found himself at the top of the tree.
Ramirez beat out Canet, who will need to win Sunday to keep his slim chances of overturning Dalla Porta’s points advantage, with Albert Arenas rounding out the front row in third position.
John McPhee will head off the second row in fourth position, with the Scot being joined on the second row by Kaito Toba and the World Championship leading Dalla Porta. Italian Andrea Migno will start the race from seventh place, just ahead of fellow Italian’s Romano Fenati and Celestino Vietti.
Another Italian in Dennis Foggia will start from tenth place, with Gabi Rodrigo and Tatuski Suzuki completing the front four rows out in eleventh and twelfth respectively.