As MotoGP heads back to Spain for the second time this season, qualifying saw the Spanish sun return to heat up the Montmelo track. With both classes leaving it until the closing of their sessions to make an impact it was to be Enea Bastianini in Moto3 who would find the extra required to find a gap and secure pole after leading for most of the session, while Johann Zarco posted an untouchable lap with over ten minutes remaining which stood to the chequered flag.
Enea Bastianini has had a very strong second season in Moto3 and looked strong again in the three practice sessions despite a Friday crash. Returning to Montmelo where last year he was second in qualifying and the race the Gresini teenager has already gone one better in qualifying taking first with a new record pole lap.
The Italian had lead from early in the session before being ousted by Fabio Quartararo and returned to the track to put his Honda on top once again, and this time he was not to be beaten.
Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent came closest with a blistering last lap through the traffic but could only secure second. The front row is completed by rookie Jorge Navarro in a superb performance on home soil for Estrella Galicia 0,0.
Nico Antonelli starts fourth for Ongetta-Rivacold, fifth goes to the highest placed KTM of Mugello race winner Miguel Oliveira, with Efren Vazquez in race mode to also make the second row for the Leopard team in sixth.
Quartararo saw his brief lead vanish with no hope of extending it after getting tripped in traffic so starts from seventh on the grid for Estrella Galicia, Niklas Ajo (RBA Racing) sits in eighth on the grid, an impressive and consistent Philipp Oettl (Schedl GP Racing)in ninth and the third of the Leopard racing bikes, piloted by Hiroki Ono in tenth.
A massive final lap was not quite enough to push John McPhee into the top ten but the valiant effort from the SaxoPrint RTG rider pushed him up to eleventh after struggling to catch up and find a good set up again this weekend.
Previous race winners this season Romano Fenati and Alexis Masbou start 13th and 23rdrespectively in the tight lightweight class.
The record laps kept coming as Johann Zarco set one of his own in Moto2, which he then immediately bettered with over twelve minutes remaining as the rest of the field scratched around for some clear track for a late run.
The lap stood giving the Ajo Motorsports man his second pole of the season, adding to his first in Argentina, which the Frenchman converted to a race win.
Jonas Folger had a late attempt at providing some competition for the top time but the only rider to win more than once this season had to settle for second for the AGR Team.
The ever relentless Tito Rabat again put in the laps to secure the final spot on the front row, sealing a strong third for the EG 0,0 Marc VDS team.
Dominique Aegerter continues his comeback as he gets to grip with his Kalex in fourth for Technomag Racing Interwetten. He is joined on row two by British rider Sam Lowes, his Speed Up ride again the best placed non-Kalex entry in fifth, and an in-form Luis Salom in sixth for the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Team.
Salom’s team-mate Alex Rins heads up row three in seventh as top rookie qualifier, Simone Corsi takes eighth for Athina Forward Racing after leading the way on Friday, Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) ninth and Tom Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) completes the top ten starters.
The class also features the returning Ratthapark Wilairot in 24th, and wild card entries for Edgar Pons in 21st and Ramdan Rosli in 32nd.
For the full Moto3 result, click here.
For the full Moto2 result, click here