American Ben Spies grabbed pole position for the first time in the motoGP Indianapolis Grand Prix for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team. Jorge Lorenzo came second and
Nicky Hayden completed the front row.
Spies, who is joining the main Yamaha team in 2011, took pole with just over two minutes to go, while Lorenzo's improved time could only take him ahead of Nicky Hayden for second.
Despite leading the session for a large portion of time, Dani Pedrosa could only finish fifth, one place behind his Repsol-Honda teammate Andrea Dovizioso and ahead of Casey Stoner.
2009 champion Valentino Rossi came seventh after crashing his bike with just over six minutes to go. He did finish ahead of Marco Simoncelli, Colin Edwards and Loris Capirossi.
Outside the top 10, Alvaro Bautista qualified 11th and Marco Melandri qualified 12th, with the other five spots occupied by Hiroshi Aoyama, Aleix Espargaro, Mika Kallio, Hector Barbera and Randy de Puniet, who finished 1.818 seconds behind Spies.