Marquez, the sole representative in Q2, trailed Vinales and Quartararo after his first attempt, but fired in a 1m30.109s to take the lead next time by.

Moments later, Quartararo came across the line with an improved 1m29.719s lap, and the Frenchman was even quicker after two sectors on his final attempt, only to emulate Marquez by likewise going off at Turn 5.

He recovered to comfortably top the first segment, and went on to qualify fifth, beating Pramac rider Jack Miller by 0.075s to the honours of finishing as the top Ducati.

Rossi had crashed at Turn 5 in the opening minutes of Q2, but was back in time to switch to his second bike and salvage ninth place.

Alex Rins was 10th for Suzuki, and will be joined on the fourth row by the Espargaro brothers, with Pol (KTM) heading Aleix (Aprilia).

He sought to strike back and pushed hard during a last-ditch effort after the chequered flag, but struggled to get the bike stopped braking late into Turn 12 and was forced to concede defeat, settling for 13th on the grid.

Takaaki Nakagami slotted in behind his British teammate in 14th, albeit some four tenths off Crutchlow, while Francesco Bagnaia will join the LCR duo on the fifth row.

Bagnaia was on course for his fastest lap when he slid off into the gravel at the Turn 7 right-hander.

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