The first qualifying session was all about whether or not Valentino Rossi would get through to the final session and if he'd have a tyre left to do anything if he got there.
Rossi struggled early on, with soft front and hard rear tyres, waving the bikes behind him past at one point, and at the midway point he was the only rider on the track. Alvaro Bautista and Hector Barbera were the riders in the top two positions, and, as soon as Rossi set the fastest lap, Barbera got back on his bike to try to regain his promotion to the last session.
Valentino Rossi swapped tyres and headed out with a medium rear tyre and three and a half minutes left to use it.
As the chequered flag came out and everyone was on their last lap, the timing screens lit up with red helmets as several riders had the potential to claim the top spot, but Rossi moved the goalposts and qualified for the final session, along with Barbera who beat out Yonny Hernandez and Bautista.
With ten minutes left in the second session, Marc Marquez eclipsed the former fastest lap and then beat his own time again with a 1'47.572, seven tenths quicker than Andrea Iannone's impressive provisional second place.
Dani Pedrosa had a lap that looked like it could take second or third place, but at the last sector, he sneaked under Marquez's time and took the top place.
When the flag came out, Marquez and Iannone were on fast laps, and Iannone took third while Marquez pushed his way back to the top of the pile.
Both Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi out-performed their expected times and sat behind Pol Espagaro in fifth and sixth. Andrea Dovizioso crashed out on a fast lap, consigning him to the third row.
Qualifying 2 Results:
|10||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||1'48.568||1.381||0.026|
Qualifying 1 Results:
|9||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Forward Yamaha||1'50.263||1.571||0.428|
|13||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||1'52.181||3.489||0.692|