The rain that dodged the intermediate class in FP3 did not want to make them feel left out and made an exclusive appearance at turn three for the final couple of minutes of Q1, crowding the gravel trap and causing a bit of agitation at the start of Q2. With everyone in a rush to post a top time before the big threatening cloud made its presence felt again, times were quick to tumble early on, Tetsuta Nagashima improving the lap record by six tenths of a second straight away.
Perhaps predictably, Alex Marquez was the only one who had an answer to that, the world championship leader in provisional pole after the first few laps. The rain never returned and despite the small margins at the top, there was no rival to Marquez on his way to his fifth pole position of the season. The Spaniard will also be pretty thrilled that his championship rivals have significantly more work to do from their starting positions.
Nagashima made do with second on the grid, less than a tenth down on Marquez and even less of a gap keeping the top KTM of Jorge Martin at bay – in a fairly impressive display from the Moto3 champion. Luca Marini was the fastest man in practice but only fourth fastest in Q2, opening the second row of the grid ahead of Remy Gardner and Augusto Fernandez, the Spaniard leaving it late to join the top ten. Xavi Vierge took a friendly tow from his teammate on route to seventh position, with Tom Luthi and Nicolo Bulega rounding out row three, the trio only three tenths off pole.
Iker Lecuona, Enea Bastianini and Brad Binder make up row four, with Somkiat Chantra another row back after briefly shining in provisional pole after the first flying lap. The Thai rider will have good company in Q1 escapees Marcel Schrotter and Andrea Locatelli. Sam Lowes also timed it well to escape the rain in Q1, but the Gresini rider could not do any better than 16th in Q2, only two places ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio and another one on a disspointed(/ing) Lorenzo Baldassarri. Still, the unluckiest man of the day was championship contender Jorge Navarro, the Spaniard crashing late in a wet Q1 and being forced to start 21st – with the slight consolation of an outrageous and potentially viral save at turn 12.
|18||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Speed Up||1'36.359||1.062||0.280|
|20||62||Stefano MANZI||MV Agusta||1'36.034||0.336||0.003|
|21||9||Jorge NAVARRO||Speed Up||1'36.045||0.347||0.011|
|22||77||Dominique AEGERTER||MV Agusta||1'36.249||0.551||0.204|
|29||20||Dimas EKKY PRATAMA||Kalex||1'37.109||1.411||0.025|