The intermediate class were definitely the odd ones out of their colleagues and given that 26 riders ended up covered by one second, you wouldn’t think that no positions changed in that group for about thirty minutes of the session. Mattia Pasini started strongly by setting a sublime set of laps, including the first and the best (but not last) 1:23 lap that the circuit had ever seen in the class. The Italian was soon joined in that club by a handful of other riders but Pasini’s fourth lap was already good enough to ensure him pole position at the checkered flag.
With FP3 leader Luca Marini and world championship leader Pecco Bagnaia finishing almost two tenths down on Pasini, the front row was an all-Italian affair, both rider and team-wise. Sam Lowes broke that pattern by qualifying fourth and missing out on the front row by only one thousandth of a second. Instead, the lead KTM had to settle for sharing second row with Lorenzo Baldassarri and Xavi Vierge.
Alex Marquez appeared to struggle somewhat after his painful FP3 tumble but his seventh position was still within three tenths of a second of pole. Teammate Joan Mir followed him closely and the Marc VDS duo was joined by home hero Marcel Schrotter on the third row of the grid.
Brad Binder was one of the few late improvers but perhaps he could have done better than tenth, had he not been impeded on his final hot lap. In consequence, the South African opens row four, ahead of Romano Fenati and Danny Kent.
Miguel Oliveira had another odd qualifying session which will demand yet another excellent launch off the line from row five, although the Portuguese rider was only half a second off his main title rival. Perhaps talk of MotoGP got to Fabio Quartararo, the young Frenchman struggling throughout the weekend, crashing early on in turn three and qualifying 18th.
|12||52||Danny KENT||Speed Up||1'24.312||0.525||0.032|
|18||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||Speed Up||1'24.495||0.708||0.109|
|20||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'24.598||0.811||0.052|
|21||64||Bo BENDSNEYDER||Tech 3||1'24.670||0.883||0.072|
|24||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'24.737||0.950||0.027|