On a track hotter than a cup of tea when you’re most thirsty, it only took three laps for Alex Marquez to beat the best time of the weekend and last year’s pole time. Taking the risk early on seemed to be the right decision, his rivals struggling to match his time as the temperature went up. But never say never with Franco Morbidelli, the championship leader snatching pole position from his teammate after the checked flag came out waving.
Alex Marquez will have to settle for second on the grid for only three hundredths of a second, after struggling on the second tyre. Mattia Pasini probably owes Morbidelli a few beers after following him along on several occasions throughout the weekend, but the Italtrans rider can take full credit for his fastest lap, which secured him the final grid spot on the front row.
Tom Luthi looked to have made a step up after struggling in practice, the Swiss rider qualifying fourth. Takaaki Nakagami couldn’t quite equal what he showed in FP3 but a second row start still puts him in a good position in the fight for the podium. Luca Marini overcame his practice crash and will show off his brand new livery from sixth grid spot.
The third row will include two major improvers in Jorge Navarro and Lorenzo Baldassarri, as was as the KTM of Miguel Oliveira. After an impressive FP3, Simone Corsi could not do any better than tenth. Due to an early crash, Pecco Bagnaia did not get much track time to challenge for a top position and will have to start sixteenth.
|10||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'52.579||0.900||0.090|
|11||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'52.592||0.913||0.013|
|22||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||1'53.148||1.469||0.071|
|27||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'53.580||1.901||0.121|
|29||37||Augusto FERNANDEZ||Speed Up||1'53.672||1.993||0.027|