Pecco Bagnaia took his maiden pole position in qualifying and will start at the front on his Ducati for tomorrow’s Qatar GP.
After struggling throughout practice all weekend, Joan Mir progressed through to Q2 by a very fine margin, just 0.005s separated him and Enea Bastianini at the end of Q1.
Taka Nakagami had an impressive Q1 session, finishing 0.151s ahead of Mir to advance into the second qualifying session.
Fabio Quartararo ended the first of the Q2 runs on provisional pole, before Bagnaia set a 1m52.772s lap, breaking the all-time lap record around the Losail Circuit and taking pole position.
Quartararo will start second on the grid, ending the session 0.266s behind Bagnaia and just 0.050s ahead of teammate Maverick Vinales who starts third.
Valentino Rossi put in an impressive qualifying performance and will start fourth on the grid, the Italian was 0.026s behind Vinales.
Jack Miller finished Q2 0.101s behind Rossi, and will start fifth on the grid, 0.071s ahead of Johann Zarco.
Franco Morbidelli put his SRT Yamaha in seventh, 0.002s ahead of Aleix Espargaro.
It’s a Suzuki in spots nine and ten for tomorrow’s grid, Alex Rins ending the session ahead of Mir.
Nakagami finished Q2 in 11th, 0.209s ahead of Pol Espargaro in 12th.
Bastianini will start 13th on the grid, 0.107s ahead of Jorge Martin, an impressive qualifying for both rookies in the premier class.
KTM’s struggles continue this weekend, Miguel Oliveira finishing as the highest KTM on the grid in 15th, 0.075s behind Martin and just 0.043s ahead of Spaniard Alex Marquez.
Stefan Bradl will start tomorrow’s race 17th on the grid, ending Q1 0.127s ahead of Luca Marini, who finished the session 0.118s ahead of KTM’s Brad Binder.
The two Tech3 bikes start 20th and 21st, Danilo Petrucci finished Q1 just under two tenths ahead of his teammate Iker Lecuona.
Lorenzo Savadori will start 22nd on the grid, the Italian finished 0.556s behind Lecuona.
The stage is now all set for tomorrow’s Qatar GP, which will certainly be a thriller.