The action in qualifying promised to be as hot as the heat touching the asphalt in Jerez but with the world champion out of commission, having a Yamaha branded machine on pole position seemed like a safe bet. The bet paid off for Fabio Quartararo, who grabs back to back pole positions in the first races of this odd season. Maverick Vinales put up quite the fight but an off track excursion on his final lap cancelled his session topping time and demoted him back to second. Pecco Bagnaia secured his first front row start in the premier class and did it by only trailing the poleman by a tenth and a half.
Valentino Rossi found the missing piece in the qualifying jigsaw and climbed on the second row of the grid, ahead of an amazing performance from the lead KTM and Q1 graduate, Miguel Oliveira. Franco Morbidelli completes the second row after also passing through Q1, while Jack Miller opens row three. Takaaki Nakagami was on course to spark a surprise but went in too hot at the final corner and a gravel trap trek later, he qualified eighth – still a solid performance for the lead Honda machine. Other than fantastic slow motion shots, Brad Binder also delivered a third row start for Red Bull KTM.
Joan Mir is holding down the fort for Suzuki from tenth place, ahead of a resurgent Danilo Petrucci and a disappointing result for Pol Espargaro. The Spaniard had a nightmare Q2 session after showing great pace in practice and he crashed out with two minutes left of the session, dropping down to 12th position.
Although he missed out on Q2, an ailing Cal Crutchlow had a fantastic showing in Q1, best of the rest in 13th grid position and ahead of a seriously struggling Andrea Dovizioso, the former teammates sharing fifth row. Meanwhile, Marc Marquez never made it beyond his out lap in Q1, heading straight back in and sensibly deciding to cut his weekend short to recover some more ahead of Brno.