Looking at the timesheets from practice, it was a pretty safe bet that a Yamaha branded machine was going to sit comfortably in pole position, but the question was which of the four speedy men would grab the headlines and the Tissot watch. 15 minutes later, Yamaha was celebrating an all time lap record around Misano from an ecstatic Maverick Vinales. The Spaniard grabbed pole position with a clear advantage and led an all-Yamaha top four, with Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo joining him on the front row of the grid.
Valentino Rossi followed up on a fine FP3 performance with fourth on the grid, while Jack Miller was best of the rest, placing his Ducati in the middle of the second row. Teammate Pecco Bagnaia continues his impressive comeback with sixth grid position, six tenths off pole. The Suzukis of Alex Rins and Joan Mir open row three ahead of a subdued but slowly improving Andrea Dovizioso. Johann Zarco rounded out the top ten positions, while Pol Espargaro could not do any better than 11th, after going through Q1 and having a costly crash early in Q2. Miguel Oliveira followed his KTM teammate through Q1 and will keep him company on the fourth row of the grid, from 12th position.
Two main players not featured in Q2 were Aprilia and Honda, with Aleix Espargaro and Takaaki Nakagami missing out on the fight for pole after being dropped in Q1 and getting stuck on the fifth row of the grid, together with Danilo Petrucci’s Ducati.