Unlike Moto2 qualifying sessions of late, this time it was not all done and dusted 15 minutes in. This was mostly due to the rain that had graced the circuit earlier leaving a drying playground for the intermediate class riders, who had to push until the end to benefit from the constant track improvements. This meant that provisional pole changed hands too many times to count – almost at every crossing of the line – but the man in the right place at the right time was Pecco Bagnaia. The championship leader was there or thereabouts throughout the session but only hit the front when it mattered to snatch pole position by almost two tenths of a second.
Remy Gardner got robbed from top honours at the very last moment but the Tech 3 rider settled for his first front row start, ahead of Alex Marquez. The fastest man in the dry was quite fast in drying conditions too and climbed onto the second row of the grid, Marcel Schrotter finishing fourth, ahead of a more and more familiar face at the sharp end in Luca Marini. Fabio Quartararo was not fond of the conditions to begin with but fought his way into sixth grid spot.
Mattia Pasini opens row three from seventh place, with Iker Lecuona a commendable eighth after holding provisional pole on a couple of occasions throughout the session. Pretty much the same story goes for Sam Lowes, who eventually dropped to ninth. Romano Fenati was another early leader who was demoted to row four, ahead of an impressive and still convalescent Xavi Vierge and an subdued Lorenzo Baldassarri. Joan Mir had to settle for the middle of row five, sandwiched in between Andrea Locaelli and Augusto Fernandez.
One familiar name who hardly featured at the business end of the session was Miguel Oliveira, the KTM man struggling to break the top ten and getting demoted to 23rd position by the time the checkered flag waved, needing yet another rocket launch off the line to stop his title rival’s charge from pole.
|2||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||2'08.347||0.194||0.194|
|6||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||Speed Up||2'08.756||0.603||0.113|
|18||64||Bo BENDSNEYDER||Tech 3||2'09.323||1.170||0.022|
|26||52||Danny KENT||Speed Up||2'10.285||2.132||0.173|
|27||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||2'10.888||2.735||0.603|