Jorge Lorenzo has snatched pole for the Aragon MotoGP while Valentino Rossi languishes in 18th on the grid.
The front row features this year’s three heavyweights in Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso, and Marc Marquez, all of whom provisionally held pole at some stage after the chequered flag.
Marquez was on top when the clock hit zero on the session thanks to the 1:46.960s set during the Repsol Honda rider’s first run.
When first runs were done, Lorenzo was second and Dovizioso fourth as Cal Crutchlow split the Ducati Team duo.
After a game of cat and mouse between Marquez and Dovizioso at the start of their respective second runs, the latter was the leader of the two on the road as they went for their next flyers right at the death.
Both went faster to the second sector than Marquez’s Run 1 benchmark, where #04 was only 0.004s faster than #93.
While Dovizioso cleared the slow-moving Alvaro Bautista into Turn 12, Marquez ran wide as he may possibly have been baulked by the Nieto Ducati.
Dovizioso went on to usurp Marquez’s lap, only to be pipped moments later by Lorenzo by 0.014s.
Crutchlow did enough to qualify fourth despite crashing his LCR Honda at the end of the session, and will line up alongside Andrea Iannone (Suzuki Ecstar) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda).
Row 3 is Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati), Bautista, and Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar).
Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) rounds out the top 10, ahead of the two riders who progressed from Q1, Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda).
Rossi, on the other hand, is all the way down in 18th as the Movistar Yamaha team continued to battle.
The Italian seemed to wait for clear track until it was too late to set a competitive lap time.
Pol Espargaro, meanwhile, is out injured again after crashing and re-fracturing his left collarbone during Free Practice 3.
It was just the second race weekend back for the Red Bull KTM rider.
Race start (23 laps) is Sunday at 2200 AEST.
UPDATE: Grid penalties for Viñales (3 positions), Franco Morbidelli (6 positions) for impeding Bradley Smith during Q1
Qualifying: Aragon MotoGP
|1||99||Jorge LORENZO||ESP||Ducati Team||Ducati||1:46.881|
|2||04||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1:46.895||0.014/0.014|
|3||93||Marc MARQUEZ||ESP||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:46.960||0.079/0.065|
|4||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||LCR Honda CASTROL||Honda||1:47.146||0.265/0.186|
|5||29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:47.169||0.288/0.023|
|6||26||Dani PEDROSA||ESP||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:47.224||0.343/0.055|
|7||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||Alma Pramac Racing||Ducati||1:47.351||0.470/0.127|
|8||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||ESP||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati||1:47.678||0.797/0.327|
|9||42||Alex RINS||ESP||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:47.737||0.856/0.059|
|10||43||Jack MILLER||AUS||Alma Pramac Racing||Ducati||1:47.792||0.911/0.055|
|11||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||1:48.284||1.403/0.474|
|12||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1:48.052||Q1/0.043|
|13||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||ESP||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1:48.181||Q1/0.129|
|14||25||Maverick VIÑALES||ESP||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:47.810||Penalty|
|15||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:48.216||Q1/0.035|
|16||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati||1:48.398||Q1/0.182|
|17||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:48.627||Q1/0.229|
|18||55||Hafizh SYAHRIN||MAL||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1:48.975||Q1/0.348|
|19||21||Franco MORBIDELLI||ITA||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||1:48.009||Penalty|
|20||12||Thomas LUTHI||SUI||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||1:48.988||Q1/0.013|
|21||45||Scott REDDING||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1:49.303||Q1/0.315|
|22||10||Xavier SIMEON||BEL||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||1:49.699||Q1/0.396|
|23||81||Jordi TORRES||ESP||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||1:50.336||Q1/0.637|