The first qualifying session of the day got underway showing great promise for a proper shoot-out, which proved ultimately futile as Jorge Martin stormed to yet another impressive result. While Martin had kept a low profile since his heavy crash on Friday, the Spaniard was at the top when it mattered and placed himself at the top of the timesheets shortly after the light went green in pitlane. He did not have it all his way this time around, Aron Canet and Enea Bastianini taking turns to get in his way at the top but mistakes from both riders eventually aiding the Gresini rider’s mission. Not that he really needed any help in scoring pole number 14 to become the rider with most pole positions in the class.
Bastianini started his afternoon with an off-track excursion in troublesome turn seven but ended it in fine form in second position on the grid. Meanwhile, compatriot Nicolo Bulega joined him on the front row for the first time this season, in third position.
Canet had briefly graced the top of the standings but had a light tumble on his final time attack and had to rely on an early flying lap to stay in fourth position, over half a second slower than the poleman. Lorenzo Dalla Porta will join him on the second row, while John McPhee went from 19th on his penultimate lap to sixth by the flag.
Fabio Di Giannantonio dusted himself off from his difficult morning and will open third row of the grid, ahead of championship leader Marco Bezzecchi, who almost tangled with his teammate while stealing a slipstream from him. Marcos Ramirez rounded out row three, with Gabriel Rodrigo in the final top ten position. The RBA racer should have been joined on row four by Jakub Kornfeil and Adam Norrodin but the two naughty men were already carrying significant grid penalties from Friday, so Albert Arenas and Tony Arbolino will benefit from their misfortune.
|5||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||1'42.594||0.555||0.032|
|7||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'42.749||0.710||0.154|
|30||18||Ryan VAN DE LAGEMAAT||KTM||1'45.879||3.840||1.263|