Result and summary of qualifying below:
Marc Marquez has taken his tenth pole position of the season, falling just short of his lap record from last year. The Repsol Honda rider displaced Jorge Lorenzo from pole on his penultimate lap, to claim his tenth pole of the year and the fourth in a row.
Andrea Dovizioso bumped Lorenzo further down the order, the factory Ducati rider posting a number of impressive laps. Dovizioso set the fastest time in his first run behind Jorge Lorenzo, but he set the lap with which he claimed 2nd completely on his own. Dovizioso's time leaves Lorenzo in 3rd, but after his disastrous start on Friday, starting from the front row will be good enough for the Movistar Yamaha rider.
Aleix Espargaro heads up the second row, the Forward Yamaha rider making optimum use of the softer tire. Dani Pedrosa starts from fifth, with Valentino Rossi alongside rounding out the second row. Qualifying has been Rossi's weakness, so starting from the second row puts him in with a chance in the race.
Impressive was also Scott Redding, the Go&Fun Gresini rider showing great speed to get through to Q2 from Q1. Redding made good use of a tow from his teammate on his first run in Q1, but then improved his time without a tow, to finish ahead of Alvaro Bautista. Both men had run through their softer tires in Q1, leaving them with a tougher task in Q2.
Results of Q2 and Q1:
|4||41||Aleix Espargaro||Forward Yamaha||2'01.448||0.619||0.273|
|11||45||Scott Redding||Honda||2'02.116||1.287||0.052||From Q1|
|12||19||Alvaro Bautista||Honda||2'03.618||2.789||1.502||From Q1|
|17||15||Alex De Angelis||Forward Yamaha||2'03.686||1.047||0.123|
|22||63||Mike Di Meglio||Avintia||2'05.451||2.812||0.494|