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Pirro leads the Q1 charge

Wildcard turned Iannone-replacement tops the timesheets in Q1

Michele Pirro (Ducati Team) led the field in Q1 qualifying on his Desmosedici, after losing his original lap time good enough to have qualified when his status switched from wildcard entry to replacement rider. Andrea Iannone, deemed unfit on Saturday morning after a crash in FP1 on Friday, saw his machine and replacement qualify for Q2, with Avintia Racing's Hector Barbera the man following the Italian through into Q2.

Stefan Bradl (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) put up a valiant fight to qualify in P13 for the race and just missed out on graduation, with PATA Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team rider Alex Lowes, replacing injured Bradley Smith at Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, putting in a stunner to take P14. Danilo Petrucci and Octo Pramac Yakhnich teammate Scott Redding had a difficult day at the office to qualify in P15 and P18 respectively, with Pull&Bear Aspar rider Eugene Laverty and Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller splitting the two.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat will begin in P19, with Pull&Bear Aspar's Yonny Hernandez just behind the Spaniard. Barni Racing Team's WorldSBK rider Xavi Fores, replacing Loris Baz at Avintia Racing, was the final man over the line as he gets to grips with a MotoGP™ machine for the first time.