With Ducati strong on Friday, Quartararo finding speed in FP4 and less than a second covering the entire grid in morning practice, the premier class was set for another serious battle for pole position. Quite predictably, red ended up being the theme of Q2, three Bologna bullets trading top spot throughout the session. Jack Miller led the way early on, Pecco Bagnaia denied him with three minutes remaining and then Jorge Martin timed a hot lap to perfection in between crashes from his factory colleagues to snatch pole with the first 1'29 time of the weekend. Bagnaia’s late tumble at turn 2 left him without an opportunity to respond to Martin’s speed and saw him settle for second, while Miller fell at turn 11 on his final flying lap but still kept third.
Behind the Ducati front row lockout, Joan Mir claimed fourth while sideways at turn 13 and Suzukis sandwich the other Ducati of Johann Zarco on the second row, with Alex Rins acing Q1 to grab sixth place. Brad Binder also escaped the first qualifying session to save something out of a challenging weekend for KTM and will start the final race of the season from 7th position. Fabio Quartararo was not a threat for pole at any point and the best he could do was 8th, six tenths off the lead and slightly faster than Takaaki Nakagami.
Valentino Rossi’s final qualifying session places him 10th on the grid and sharing fourth row with apprentice Franco Morbidelli and long-time rival Aleix Espargaro. A notable mention goes to Andrea Dovizioso, the returning Italian missing out on Q2 for only seven hundredths of a second, while at the other end of the Q1 spectrum, Miguel Oliveira was last in the session and will probably start last, unless Pol Espargaro’s medical checks allow him to rejoin the action on Sunday. The Spaniard missed out on qualifying after a big tumble in FP3 required a trip to the hospital, but Honda confirmed that their rider escaped serious injury.