The time had arrived to find the most rampant bull around the Ring and it was quite the demonstration for the local wildlife, with Jorge Martin the dominating force in Q1 and then masterfully snatching another pole position and a matching all-time lap record. For a while it looked like a monster display from Fabio Quartararo, whose early advantage in Q2 looked nearly untouchable but he eventually had to settle for second by three hundredths of a second. Pecco Bagnaia had a lot of work to do on his final run in Q2, his frequent off-track excursions seeing him with no time set after his first run, but when he did put a lap on the board, it was quick enough for the front row.
Johann Zarco had to concede the lap record he held for 28 hours or so but fourth on the grid was still a solid result for the Frenchman. Marc Marquez inadvertently returned an older favour to Jack Miller and showed him around for their final flying laps, placing both riders on the second row of the grid. The Honda man equals his best qualifying of the season, while Ducati hog the front two rows with four machines.
Joan Mir also explored track limits more than he might have liked and the world champion opens row three ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Miguel Oliveira – the KTM man escaping Q1 at the last minute. Teammate Brad Binder shares fourth row with Pol Espargaro and Takaaki Nakagami. In a deja-vu from one week ago, Alex Rins got pushed out of Q2-worthy positions at the end of Q1 and will have to start 13th once more, ahead of Alex Marquez and Enea Bastianini.