It’s an all Honda front row for the first European round of the championship. Dani Pedrosa has been fast all weekend, topping the time sheets in the first three free practice sessions. He managed to translate that into his first pole position of the season, ahead of team mate Marc Marquez and the satellite Honda of Cal Crutchlow.
But first it was Q1, which included the likes of Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone, Aleix Espargaro and Danilo Petrucci. A massive moment during the closing minutes of the session saw Iannone forced to abort his fast lap. Just as it looked as if it was all over for him, he found his rhythm again and stuck it on top, pulling himself through to Q2 with Aleix Espargaro. A certainly notable performance from the factory KTM’s, as they finished in 5th and 6th during Q1, and have been looking strong all weekend.
On to Q2, and it was the Repsol Honda boys who looked unstoppable. Aleix Espargaro suffered a minor crash, which saw him qualify in 12th – still not bad for the struggling Aprilia.
The factory Yamaha’s have really been struggling this weekend. They have been struggling with grip, and neither Rossi or Vinales have managed to set a spectacular time. Vinales qualified in 4th which isn’t bad at all, but he was visibly unhappy when he returned to the pits. Rossi ended up qualifying in 7th.
And finally, one last notable performance from Jorge Lorenzo. He seems to have found his rhythm on the Ducati that he has been struggling with so much since signing for them. After a cracking set of free practice sessions, Lorenzo will start from the third row of the grid in 8th position, behind Valentino Rossi.
MotoGP Qualifying results (top 10):
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda – 1:38.249s
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda – 1:38.298s
Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda – 1:38.453s
Maverick Vinales, Movistar Yamaha – 1:38.677s
Andrea Iannone, Team Suzuki Ecstar – 1:38.744
Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 1:38.861s
Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha – 1:38.908s
Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team – 1:38.910s
Jonas Folger, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 1:39.108s
Jack Miller, E G 0,0 Marc VDS – 1:39.125s