MotoGP qualifying session started with uncertain weather conditions, with the riders in Q1 not sure on going out with slick tyres. It seemed that no one was taking the risk but then Valentino Rossi went out with slick compounds surprising everyone.
Anyway, Valentino Rossi’s hazard paid off as long as the Italian was the fastest rider during the first qualifying session being over a second faster than everyone else. Nine time champion was followed by Franco Morbidelli for a 1-2 Yamaha, with Franco being able to get the access into Q2 with wet tyres.
Not any chance for the others, with Francesco Bagnaia the first one out of the last qualifying but especially for Alex Rins, who ended in 9th and he will have to start from really behind in tomorrow race.
Valentino Rossi tried again to go with slick tyres at the start of Q2 with his teammate Maverick Vinales replicating his choice. This time it was not worth as long as there was too much water on track, inducing the Italian and the Spaniard coming back immediatly into the box to change compounds.
Marc Marquez did an impressive lap in his first try but in the following lap crashed out; reigning World Champion rejoined the track quickly but was not able to improve his time but at the same time no one was able to beat his one. Danilo Petrucci is 2nd and three tenths of a second slower than Marc, while Jack Miller ends first row.
It is another Ducati who opens second row with Andrea Dovizioso ahead of Valentino Rossi who stayed out during the whole session with the same tyre and did his best lap in his penultimate lap. Great performance also for Franco Morbidelli who will start from 6th position and he was just 0.026s slower than Rossi.
Not the best session for Maverick Vinales who surely was expecting more but he ended in 11th, while Jorge Lorenzo is 8th after a tough qualifying; of course this is not what he expects too, but considering the start of the season, this one for the five-time world champion was not a bad qualifying overall.