In very Lorenzo fashion, the former world champion went out and reconquered Valencia, setting the first 1:29 time around the season-ending Spanish track on his first flying lap, improving even more soon after and eventually settling for another record-breaking 1:29.401.
His main nemesis for the weekend, Marc Marquez, managed to get as close as three tenths of a second after he waved his way around Iannone and switched to the harder option front tyre. The Honda had some red sector times in hand on the last lap but not enough to stop Lorenzo’s last pole position for Yamaha. That leaves the duo equal at the top of the pole position record (yes, since records are available) for another couple of months.
Valentino Rossi warmed up slower but he eventually joined the front row party, although seven tenths down on his teammate. Another tenth down was his future teammate, Maverick Viñales promising to join the battle for the podium from fourth position on the grid.
The fastest Ducati proved to be Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian starting the race from the middle of the second row. Pol Espargaro proved once again that his position in the practice sessions was no fluke, qualifying sixth.
A Ducati, a Honda and a Suzuki will share the third row, Andrea Iannone leading Dani Pedrosa and Aleix Espargaro, who, despite showing good speed throughout the weekend, had a crash late into the session.
Bradley Smith managed to qualify tenth, in front of Q1 survivors Cal Crutchlow and Danilo Petrucci, also helped by an early crash from his fellow British colleague.