On a nearly dry circuit following the thunderstorms that curtailed third clinic earlier in the day, Honda man Marquez recovered a 2m03.787s at the start of 15-minute pole shoot out to retain his unbroken pole rope at COTA, a course where he’s yet to lose in MotoGP.
His nearest challenger proved to be Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, who moved up to next mid way through the session and consolidated that position using a 2m04.060s, 0.273s down on Marquez.
Cal Crutchlow ripped the spot using a time on front for LCR Honda a tenth slower and three tenths upon the Pramac Ducati of both Jack Miller at fourth.
Pol Espargaro followed his notable Friday with KTM’s bestever MotoGP grid position in fifth, 0.685SOFF the pace, in front of Maverick Vinales’ Yamaha along with Alex Rins’ Suzuki.
Danilo Petrucci fought his way during Q1 to take eighth on the grid, while Petronas Yamaha duo Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli completed the leading ten order.
Jorge Lorenzo suffered an eventful if a chain jumped, authoritarian, which makes it out of Q1 with the time but then losing valuable track time at Q 2.
The Spaniard parked his bike along the start/finish against the pitwall directly – only for it to topple over – and – jogged back scenes similar to teammate Marquez’s flair into the garage in 2015.
Lorenzo finished 11th-fastest, 1.596S-off the pace, while Francesco Bagnaia had been 12th and slowest in Q 2 after suffering two crashes on his own 2018-spec Pramac Ducati.
Q1: Lorenzo quickest, Dovizioso removed
The story of Q1 was Dovizioso failing to create it through to Q2, ending at 13th place – with been left after finishing on Friday to confront the opening segment.
Dovizioso temporarily went on a 2m05.907s with a few moments left of this session, but that time was soon eclipsed by Lorenzo, that topped the days using a 2m05.855s.
Andrea Iannone along with aprilia set Aleix Espargaro will head row six from Tech 3 KTM rider Miguel Oliveira, that had been three tenths quicker than mill stable mate Johann Zarco at 19th up.