The Italian makes it 5 in a row, as Jack Miller makes it a Ducati 1-2, Joan Mir in third.
As the session began with riders flying out of the gate, former title rivals Francesco Bagnaia and Fabio Quartararo were beaten to the top spot by Rookie of the Year contender Jorge Martin. However, the likes of Jack Miller and Joan Mir added to the group of front-row competitors early on in the session, with the Aussie swiping the top spot soon after.
While Quartararo began the first minutes of the session mid-pack, his first true flyer put the champ in a solid 3rd position. However, a crash from Luca Marini meant the yellow flags caught Quartararo, resulting in his front-row-winning lap being cancelled, dropping the Frenchman back into 9th place at the end of Run 1.
With the pack once again heading back out on track for the second run of the session, Miller was the man to beat. Although soon enough – as we’ve witnessed so many times before, it was teammate Bagnaia to steal the provisional Pole away, taking P1 and the New Lap Record. With the Ducati Lenovo Team taking the fight down to the final 30 seconds, Pecco managed to solidify his stance with a further record-breaking time of 1:38.725, while Miller lost out in the final sectors, he too managed to hold his position in 2nd place.
Joan Mir is set to start from the end of the first row in 3rd position, a very promising start for the Suzuki ECSTAR man. While the Pramac Racingpair Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco made great strides to start in P4 and P5, respectively, in what is a decent result for the Spaniard Martin and his return to the circuit since his injury earlier in the season. Pol Espargaro rounds out Row 2 in 6th place.
Quartararo finished Q2 in a somewhat lacklustre P7 for the champion, after failing to truly reclaim a solid position after his lap cancellation. However, there is never much use in underestimating the Frenchman when it comes to race day, he is the champion after all.
The Yamaha rider is joined on Row 3 by Alex Marquez and Franco Morbidelli, as Iker Lecuona, Alex Rins and Luca Marini round out the Q2 Top 12.
Can Bagnaia hold off Quartararo from reclaiming the Portuguese top spot, or will Miller have something to say?
MotoGP’s Race begins at 13:00 Local Time (GMT +0).
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