Although the sun was still shining through ahead of Q2, there were some dark clouds and a bit of a breeze sweeping in throughout the session. That would explain why the all-time lap record looked at risk quite early in the session and in the end, not even the record could cope with Pecco Bagnaia, the Aragon GP victor picking up pole position to go with it, in the final couple of minutes. Jack Miller made some late progress to join his teammate on the front row, while Fabio Quartararo tried to fight back for pole but a late tumble put stop to that and allowed a copy of last week’s front row.
Jorge Martin and teammate Johann Zarco climbing into the top 5 will make for a very Ducati-heavy first two rows, with Pol Espargaro a late intruder in 6th place. Some solid teamwork from Stefan Bradl helped Marc Marquez escape Q1 and the Spaniard managed up climb as high as 4th, but his attempt to follow Bagnaia’s tail on a hot lap cost him a crash at turn 9 and a demotion to 7th on the grid. The Honda man opens row three ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who also crashed while chasing Bagnaia, soon after his compatriot.
Despite some of their rivals’ gravel trip adventures, the Suzukis could not take advantage, both struggling in Q2. Alex Rins closed the third row of the grid, while a particularly unhappy Joan Mir was only 11th, starting in the middle of the fourth row, in between an impressive Maverick Vinales on only his second weekend on the Aprilia and a fast Enea Bastianini, the Italian strongest in Q1 and hindered by track limits and hairy moments in Q2. Takaaki Nakagami’s late Q1 tumble left him 13th on the grid, with Brad Binder as the lead KTM in 17th position, following his own crash while chasing the Hondas.