Marc Marquez grabbed the top qualifying position Saturday with a 1'39.411 that puts him three-tenths clear of the field. Joining him on the front row, however, are the only other two riders to dip into the 1'39s: Valentino Rossi (2nd) and Jorge Lorenzo (3rd).
Lorenzo, 2015 World Champion, just pipped Dani Pedrosa (4th) for the final position on the front row. The Ducatis of the Andreas fill out the second row with Dovizioso in fifth and Iannone in sixth. Maverick Vinales leads the third row as the top Suzuki closely followed by a surprising Hector Barbera (8th) and Cal Crutchlow (9th), who crashed early in the 15-minute Q2 but managed to climb into ninth on his backup bike and the session's end.
Q1 refugees Pol Espargaro (10th) and Bradley Smith (11th) didn't improve much in Q2.
The race-fan delight of a combative front row complete with the three primary title rivals might be mitigated only by this: persistent rider problems at Turn 1 of the 4.8 km (2.6 mi.) track. Several riders have gone down at the corner including Lorenzo during FP4 and Marquez twice, the final time at the end of qualifying.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|2||46||Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha||1'39.786||0.375 / 0.375|
|3||99||Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha||1'39.944||0.533 / 0.158|
|4||26||Dani PEDROSA||Honda||1'40.011||0.600 / 0.067|
|5||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati||1'40.198||0.787 / 0.187|
|6||29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||1'40.272||0.861 / 0.074|
|7||25||Maverick VIÑALES||Suzuki||1'40.375||0.964 / 0.103|
|8||8||Hector BARBERA||Ducati||1'40.524||1.113 / 0.149|
|9||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Honda||1'40.528||1.117 / 0.004|
|10||44||Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||1'40.654||1.243 / 0.126|
|11||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Suzuki||1'40.708||1.297 / 0.054|
|12||38||Bradley SMITH||Yamaha||1'40.893||1.482 / 0.185|
|13||76||Loris BAZ||Ducati||1'40.744||0.192 / 0.029|
|14||45||Scott REDDING||Ducati||1'40.750||0.198 / 0.006|
|15||43||Jack MILLER||Honda||1'40.881||0.329 / 0.131|
|16||6||Stefan BRADL||Aprilia||1'40.897||0.345 / 0.016|
|17||50||Eugene LAVERTY||Ducati||1'40.990||0.438 / 0.093|
|18||51||Michele PIRRO||Ducati||1'41.116||0.564 / 0.126|
|19||53||Tito RABAT||Honda||1'41.157||0.605 / 0.041|
|20||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Aprilia||1'41.611||1.059 / 0.454|
|21||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||1'41.692||1.140 / 0.081|