To no one’s surprise, MotorLand was more DucatiLand on Saturday afternoon, no one else allowed a bid at pole position throughout the 15-minute session. Enea Bastianini was hot out the gates, posting a 1:46 on his very first lap and having no rivals on the first run, but rivals were plenty the second time around. The timing screens went red both literally and metaphorically and Pecco Bagnaia stole top spot in the final minute of the session. Jack Miller missed out on pole by nine hundredths of a second, with Bastianini joining his colleagues on the front row of the grid.
It was a busy afternoon for Aleix Espargaro, who had to contend with Q1 and only one fresh soft tyre left for Q2, but the Spaniard still found his way back to the front, up to fourth on his final flying lap. The first of the home favourites will be surrounded by Ducatis on the grid, with Q1 graduate Johann Zarco close behind in fifth. Meanwhile, Fabio Quartararo was going full rodeo to keep up with the Bologna bullets, with his rear wheel in the air and a late scare at turn two. Things looked a lot worse than sixth position at one point but the championship leader won’t be too thrilled about starting at the back of the second row, behind his title rivals.
Marco Bezzecchi and Jorge Martin added two more Ducatis to the top 10, joined by Alex Rins on the third row. Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira open row four ahead of the leading Honda of Takaaki Nakagami – the Japanese rider over a second off pole. The returning Marc Marquez led the way early on in Q1 but unlucky timing with yellow flags at the end of the session halted his progress and left him 13th on the grid, opening row five ahead of Luca Marini and Fabio Di Giannantonio. There was worse news for Maverick Viñales, who took his first tumble of the season early in Q1 and was left 16th on the grid, in the company of Alex Marquez and Pol Espargaro on row six.
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