The intermediate class took to the track in the hottest temperatures of the day and it was a familiar sight at the top of the timesheets with Lorenzo Baldassarri staring off fastest and finishing fastest. Pecco Bagnaia was edging ever closer throughout the first half of the session with the second half bringing us the fight between Baldassarri and Alex Marquez. The duo managed to dip into the 1:41s but in the end it was the Pons rider who finally scored his first ever pole position by posting the fastest Moto2 lap around the Spanish circuit.
Marquez had to settle for second, only seven hundredths of a second behind, with Bagnaia another six hundredths slower. The front row cast seems the most likely to settle victory amongst themselves, although Marc VDS and Sky Racing will have to find something special to keep up with Baldassarri’s fierce pace.
Jorge Navarro is not unfamiliar to gravel traps and this session was no exception but the end result still scored him a spot on the second row of the grid, alongside Brad Binder as the lead KTM and Joan Mir, the Spaniard not in the greatest of health but coming through to a sixth position.
Xavi Vierge got back into the top seven, opening the third row of the grid ahead of Sam Lowes, whose progress was hindered early on by a crash. Rookie Romano Fenati qualified ninth but only half a second off pole, with Mattia Pasini taking two tumbles on his way to the final top ten position. Miguel Oliveira was not in the best of shapes either as the KTM rider’s late crash saw him drop all the way down to 14th grid spot.
|11||52||Danny KENT||Speed Up||1'42.480||0.555||0.041|
|18||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||Speed Up||1'42.797||0.872||0.025|
|23||64||Bo BENDSNEYDER||Tech 3||1'43.085||1.160||0.021|
|25||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'43.334||1.409||0.078|
|30||14||Hector GARZO||Tech 3||1'44.327||2.402||0.148|