Looking at the lessons learned from practice, it seemed like pole position was only going one way: in Fabio Quartararo’s scorebook. The prophecy came true soon after, although the Frenchman did get some friendly fire from former teammate Franco Morbidelli, who initially got within five thousandths of a second of pole, until Quartararo extended his lead to a marginally more comfortable five hundredths of a second. After seeing his best FP3 time cancelled really late after the session, the Italian was the undisputed leader of Q1 and climbed all the way to second on the grid, while also giving us a phenomenal save at turn 13 in the process. Jack Miller benefitted from Morbidelli’s lap cancellation to take part in Q2 directly and made the best of it, joining the front row of the grid, only a tenth off pole.
Pecco Bagnaia towed his teammate around for the final run and eventually managed to follow him on the timesheets in fourth, ahead of Takaaki Nakagami and Johann Zarco, the Honda man infiltrating the Ducati duo on row two. After being right at the sharp end in practice, Maverick Viñales will be disappointed to find himself on the third row of the grid, three tenths slower that his teammate and sharing the grid with compatriots Aleix Espargaro and Alex Rins.
Joan Mir rounded out the top ten ahead of Q1 escapee Brad Binder and the second-best Honda of test rider Stefan Bradl, the trio composing fourth row. The Repsol Honda duo of Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez start from row five, after their respective crashes at turn 7 earlier today derailed their weekend but Marquez was still busy putting on a show with a couple of saves in Q1. They will be joined on the fifth row by top rookie Enea Bastianini.