John McPhee has taken the second pole of his career, getting in a timely fast lap towards the end of the session, just before a few spots of rain made a charge in the final minutes of qualifying an exceptionally tricky business.
The weather had held for much of the session, riders finding a reasonably dry track and pushing hard for a time right from the start. That meant that the lead in the session changed hands with alarming regularity and speed. Things got serious as the final ten minutes approached, rider after rider improving their times, but with 13 minutes to go, it was John McPhee who posted a scorching lap, leaving the rest of the field a couple of tenths behind.
McPhee's timing proved to be immaculate, spots of rain appearing shortly after he crossed the line. The Scotsman looked to have the pole wrapped up tight. But the rain quickly disappeared, the track barely affected, and a host of riders were prepared to take a shot. Best of the lot was Nicolo Bulega, who leaped up into second with his final lap, and just ahead of Jorge Martin. Aron Canet will head up the second row, ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio, while Romano Fenati was sixth quickest. Joan Mir, who has been fastest for most of the weekend, ended the session in sixteenth, and well down on the grid.
|5||21||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Honda||1'49.486||0.392||0.023|
|26||48||Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Mahindra||1'50.681||1.587||0.013|