Marc Marquez has stamped his authority on proceedings at Barcelona, dominating qualifying to take pole by a massive margin. His opening lap was already faster than Bradley Smith's lap during FP2 on the old, faster layout, and he then proceeded to take another half a second off that time.
Jorge Lorenzo put up a strong fight, after posting a relatively slow time during FP4, but he had nothing for Marc Marquez. He got to within half a second of the Repsol Honda, but had to settle for second. Dani Pedrosa took the final slot on the front row, another beneficiary of the track layout change, ending seven tenths off the pace of his Repsol Honda teammate.
Hector Barbera heads up the second row, the Avintia Ducati rider using the slipstream of Maverick Viñales to post a very strong time. He was lucky to sit in the draft of Viñales, but unlucky to miss out on a front row start by just fifteen thousandths of a second. Valentino Rossi salvaged his qualifying with a quick lap, jumping up to fifth on his final attempt. Rossi nudged Maverick Viñales back into sixth, and Cal Crutchlow back to seventh, and the start of the third row. The LCR Honda rider sits alongside two Ducatis, the factory bike of Andrea Iannone and the Pramac machine of Danilo Petrucci.
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