Six races, six poles and the run is looking rosy. It will be no news who I’m talking about. Marc Marquez fired in the only 2:03 time of the weekend to ensure another timekeeping souvenir from his favourite circuit. Of course it was not without the obligatory scares along the way. On his way to blitz the timesheets on his first run, the Repsol rider lost it in turn 13 and gave the field a flicker of a hope that he could be beaten on his personal playground but he got back on his second horse and consolidated his lead.
Maverick Viñales gave it a good go after stumbling across the world champion on his first run, only briefly sneaking ahead of the Sheriff and ending up second best, four tenths down and with his first front row start of the season in the bag. Andrea Iannone watched the master at work and also grabbed a front row start in the process, ensuring that Marquez is surrounded but the men who look most likely to bring the fight to him on Sunday.
Johann Zarco was not the most consistent throughout the weekend but he was there when it mattered and missed out on third position by only a thousandth of a second. Instead, the Frenchman will be sharing the second row of the grid with his pal Valentino Rossi. Jorge Lorenzo had the honour of being lead Ducati in sixth grid spot, not only ahead of his teammate but doing so by nearly eight tenths of a second.
The championship leader will start the rodeo from seventh on the grid, Cal Crutchlow qualifying ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and a truly heroic showing from Dani Pedrosa, the Spaniard fighting his way through the pain barrier to a third row start.
Danilo Petrucci only just survived the Q1 battle to open the fourth row of the grid, with Alex Rins perhaps a little disappointed by eleventh position. Behind them, Pol Espargaro drastically turned it around to find a second on his previous best time of the weekend to be top dog in Q1. He couldn't quite replicate that performance in Q2 but the KTM man will still start the race in a reasonable twelfth position.
Finally, a quick mention to Takaaki Nakagami, who was two tenths away from making it out of a fierce Q1 and scored a deserved 13th grid position, his best qualifying in the class yet.
UPDATE: Marc Marquez received a three place grid penalty after impeding Maverick Viñales, which means he will start fourth and Johann Zarco is promoted to the front row of the grid. Similarly, Pol Espargaro was also sanctioned three positions and will start 15th, behind his teammate.