Maverick Vinales took pole position ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, but all eyes turned to Valentino Rossi who will round out the front row, just three weeks after breaking his leg.
Vinales has struggled with his pace this weekend, but managed to pull some cracking laps out of the bag to take pole position, ahead of Lorenzo who is finally managing to work with the Ducati.
But Rossi truly stole the show, and will be stealing headlines for the next week. Despite his injury, he pushed hard to take third, and even sat in provisional pole for a short while.
Marc Marquez didn’t have such a stellar qualifying. While he was constantly improving on his pole position time, he crashed out. Unfortunately for the Spaniard, he crashed too close to the end of the session, and was unable to get back out. This is a crucial point in the Championship for Marquez, as he sits equal on points at the top of the standings with Andrea Dovizioso. Marquez needs every advantage he can grab, and as he starts from fifth tomorrow, Dovizioso will only be one row behind.
MotoGP Q2 results:
- Maverick Viñales, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 1:47.635
- Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team +0.100
- Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +0.180
- Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda +0.195
- Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team +0.328
- Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team +0.472
- Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team +0.502
- Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +0.524
- Alvaro Bautista, Pull&Bear Aspar Team +0.552
- Andrea Iannone, Team Suzuki Ecstar +0.654
- Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +0.767
- Mika Kallio, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +0.836