Another sunny morning in Misano set the scene for some marathons on used rubber and the final attack for direct Q2 places. The action started with the usual Yamaha show at the top of the timesheets and after a brief Pramac interruption, the blue bikes were back ahead but with the welcome home hero, Valentino Rossi, placing his name at the top of the timesheets. The Italian was out of the top 10 in the final couple of minutes, as he pitted for fresh rubber, which he used to excellent effect to go fastest at the checkered flag. Teammate Maverick Vinales came within seven hundredths of a second of top spot, with Fabio Quartararo a tenth down on the Italian veteran.
Despite a late crash at the final corner, Jack Miller kept fourth in the standings ahead of the Suzuki duo led by Alex Rins and with Joan Mir close behind. Pecco Bagnaia’s successful return to action sees him climb into seventh, while Johann Zarco, Franco Morbidelli and Andrea Dovizioso held on to a top ten position. The Espargaro brothers were the first to miss out on direct Q2 positions, with Pol sealing his own fate as he crashed at turn 13 in the final couple of minutes and gettign pushed down the order.
Meanwhile, Cal Crutchlow missed out on the action as he was declared unfit for the rest of the weekend due to complications from his forearm surgery.