Mugello’s atmosphere is unquestionable, but the Italians found it tough to find some front row form at home with British riders Danny Kent and Sam Lowes both looking easy and confident as they took poles in their respective classes.
Danny Kent’s flying solo lap for Leopard Racing put him firmly in pole position, with only a late challenge from team mate Hiroki Ono troubling the Brit on his way to pole with a new record time of 1m 56.615s.
Kent had initially looked to stay in the pits and wait for a tow as he had been struggling with the final sector, but his best lap of the day proved that no such games were needed, while Ono’s second was a career best performance, coming from a tow from Niccolo Antonelli.
Behind the Honda pair Romano Fenati was the top home rider and the best placed KTM on the grid in third for Sky Racing Team VR46.
Row two features the top Red Bull KTM Ajo qualifier – a resurgent Karel Hanika living up to his original promise in fourth, Ongetta-Rivacold’s Antonelli, who spent much of his time sparring with Enea Bastianini in fifth and Drive M7 Sic rider Jakub Kornfeil in sixth.
Gresini’s Bastianini starts from seventh just ahead of fellow Italians Francesco Bagnaia, the top Mahindra rider in eighth and Andrea Locatelli on the second Gresini in ninth. Isaac Vinales completed the top ten.
Fabio Quartararo crashed while on a hot lap leaving the teenager in 13th, but still ahead of his Estrella Galicia team mate Jorge Navarro who was 18th.
One place behind was Moto3’s second British rider John McPhee in 19th as the SaxoPrint-RTG team continue their tough run in the championship. McPhee was also ahead of his team mate Alexis Masbou in 23rd, Masbou won the opening round in Qatar.
Sam Lowes staged an amazing comeback in Italy ahead of the Speed Up team’s home race, securing pole with a record lap of 1m51.514s after recovering his session when he crashed out early on.
Lowes went off at turn four and into the gravel, but with half an hour remaining and little damage to the bike the Briton was able to return and secure pole, the first man to repeat the feat this season with just his second career pole.
Behind Lowes amazing lap second went to a much improved Dominique Aegerter, his lap which remained good enough for second had been set as a time-sheet topper with 22 minutes remaining and looked good to stay there until the Brits fast lap.
Aegerter secured the fast time by slipstreaming Interwetten team-mate Tom Luthi, and is the Swiss riders best qualifying performance of the year.
Ahead of his 150th grand prix start Tito Rabat needed perseverance to hit the front row and after many laps he was able to push his EG 0,0 Marc VDS bike back to the front row in third.
That lap pushed Luthi down to row two in fourth where he is joined by 2014 podium finisher Luis Salom in fifth and championship leader Johann Zarco who starts in sixth for Ajo Motorsport.
The highest placed Italian was Simone Corsi in seventh for Athina Forward Racing. He is joined on row three by Gresini’s Xavier Simeon in eighth and Rookie Alex Rins who’s late dash saw him scoop up ninth on the second of the Pons Paginas Amarillas HP40 machines, though he was behind team-mate Salom on this occasion.
Axel Pons fell but had a solid enough time to hold on to a top ten start for AGR Team.
Alex Marquez starts 15th for the EG 0,0 Marc VDS team, while wild-card Mattia Pasini impressed with 18th on his return to Moto2 with Gresini.
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