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Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) took control of a wet Q1 qualifying session to secure graduation to Q2 early on, then lowering his time further to top the table by a good margin over Frenchman Loris Baz (Avintia Racing). Baz, despite a Turn 2 crash, had done enough before the incident to secure his place in the second session.
Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was close to getting through as the Brit comes back from injury, ahead of Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), with the two missing out and therefore set to start P13 and P14 on the grid. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) heads up the fifth row in fifteenth, ahead of Stefan Bradl (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), after a crash for the German early in the session.
Dani Pedrosa’s injury replacement at Repsol Honda, Hiroshi Aoyama, will line up in P17 ahead of a struggling Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) and Eugene Laverty (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), with Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) competing the field.
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