Qualifying two’s, 15 minutes shout out started with rain playing the part, as the clock start ticking the clouds started spitting.
It was Marc Marquez who overcome the weather conditions, late efforts by Vinales and Zarco weren’t enough to beat 1:29.199 set by the world champion
For first runs the track was mix dry and wet both. At first it was dry but as the riders made through the sector 1, it started getting wet. So it was about the first guy crossing the line and managing the lap would be on P1.
Jack Miller was the first rider to set the bar under tricky conditions, with 1:31.7 which was quickly beaten by Espargaro and then Marquez with a 1:31.282.
Ever improving Marquez was on even on faster lap second time around, going a second faster than Alex Rins who just put the fastest lap of all to beat Marquez.
Vinales on his first lap managed to go P2 dipping down Miller, who was further pushed down by Zarco.
Andrea Iannone, on his first lap went fastest but to be gotten beaten by Zarco, then after getting Suzuki’s slipstream Marquez got half a second faster than Zarco with 1:29.199.
Vinales was also on fastest lap and got ahead of Iannone.
With 5 minutes left on the clock, Rossi was the first man to go out on new rubber but used front tires as it needs two laps to warm up properly.
Bur it started drizzling and last sector was tricky one to get it together.
Meanwhile Vinales Improved his time to go second fastest. On his last lap Vinales went fastest in first sector but ran wide in S2 and couldn’t improve on his time.
As the chequered flag fell, it was Marquez 0.310s ahead of Vinales. Zarco completed the front row with a 1:29.705, 0.196 apart from Vinales.
Andrea Iannone after topping the timesheets briefly finally settled on P4, 0.314 ahead of Alex Rins who completed the top five.
Alex Rins after doing some tremendous lap ealier only managed P6 ahead of Rossi and P8 man Danilo Petrucci.
It wasn’t certainly the day for Ducati’s as Championship runner up managed P9 only and seemed to be conservative on his runs.
The impressive rookie Hafizh Syahrin manged his tech 3 to complete the top ten ahead of Pol Espargaro and Alvaro Bautista, Alvaro had a massive crash at T10 and bike wasn’t good enough to go out again.
Paul Espargaro and Alvaro Bautista through to Q2 as Abraham and Dani Pedroda missed out. It was a tough session for the works Honda rider as he was all over the place and his statue against the cold weather was not helping him generate the heat in the tires, which was much needed.
Earlier Alvaro Bautista set the benchmark of 1:30.3 and it was down to 1:29s and was the time to beat.