To no one’s great surprise, the demolition job from FP4 continued in the qualifying session, Marc Marquez doing his thing early on, shaving seven tenths off his own best time of the weekend. That kept him firmly on top for the rest of the session, as the rest of the contenders were doing their best to get within a second of the leader. By getting his fourth consecutive pole position in Aragon, Marquez equals Lorenzo once again on 64 career poles.
Maverick Viñales was the closest challenger, a late charge from the Spaniard leaving him six tenths off Marquez. Jorge Lorenzo pulled a couple of 1:47s out of nowhere to sneak onto the first row, a big improvement on his FP4 times and completing an all-Spanish front row.
Andrea Dovizioso was a low-key challenger until the final minutes of the session, when the Italian briefly led the battle for second but getting pushed down to the second row of the grid. The rest of the Hondas were not as fast as expected, Cal Crutchlow in fifth after crashing in turn one in the final minutes. Valentino Rossi will have been surprised both by the eight tenths gap to the poleman and his teammate sneaking ahead of him and leaving the Italian to complete the second row of the grid.
Dani Pedrosa was on course to upset the order on the second row but crashed into turn fifteen on the final lap, starting Sunday’s race in seventh position. He will share the third row with Aleix Espargaro and Q1 leader Danilo Petrucci.
Scott Redding and Pol Espargaro will occupy fourth row, with Stefan Bradl in twelfth place making it a second race in succession for Aprilia putting a bike in Q2.