In a reversal of the situation during the practice sessions, the Moto2 class was the one spared of rain during the proceedings this time around, but the number of slides and crashes was not reduced significantly on a still wet track.
Home favourite Sam Lowes left it late to grab pole position on his penultimate lap - major slides included - going four tenths ahead of Johann Zarco. The world championship leader looked like fighting back, despite a few warnings of his own, before crashing out on his final lap. Jonas Folger narrowly sneaked on the last spot of the front row.
Alex Marquez had been the one initially getting chased by various challengers after setting some good times at the top. He dropped back after a late crash in turn seventeen, but for the first time in a while, he became the most successful Marquez of the day in fourth position.
Rain enthusiast Hafizh Syahrin will join the Spaniard on the second row of the grid, after managing his best qualifying position of the season in fifth. Another Estrella Galicia bike will close the second row, with Franco Morbidelli in sixth spot.
Another fantastic performer in the tricky conditions was Isaac Viñales, taking his Tech 3 machine to the front of the third row, next to Lorenzo Baldassarri, the Italian still managing a good result after several off-track adventures this weekend. Simone Corsi took ninth, followed by another unfortunate crasher, Tom Luthi in tenth.
Alex Rins will be starting tomorrow’s race from the seventh row, after qualifying nineteenth, and will hope to grab some points if the race faces more tricky conditions.
|7||32||Isaac VIÑALES||Tech 3||2'28.064||1.324||0.017|
|9||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||2'28.654||1.914||0.323|
|13||60||Julian SIMON||Speed Up||2'29.052||2.312||0.122|
|17||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||2'29.741||3.001||0.554|
|22||19||Xavier SIMEON||Speed Up||2'31.391||4.651||0.018|