As the support classes got the qualifying action under way it was two very different tales that lead to pole. In Moto3 Romano Fenati pushed his 2105 qualifying woes aside with a stunning final turn of the track, while in Moto2 Folger’s early record pace saw him cling on to his pole as his time was attacked lap after lap by Sam Lowes.
Slightly slower than in Thurdsay practice due to a strong wind affecting the bikes down the straight it was Sky Racing VR 46 KTM rider Romano Fenati who shone after a final run saw him snatch pole with 2m 06.131 as the flag waved at the finishing line.
He displaced Livio Loi, who had been in charge for much of the session for RW Racing, the Honda rider could still celebrate a first front row start in second.
Brad Binder completed the top three but will not line up there on the grid as both Red Bull KTM Ajo riders (the other being rookie Bo Bendsneyder) were hande three place grid penalties for slow riding in three sectors during practice.
Fabio Quartararo often ploughed a line through the gravel as he tested the limits of his Leopard KTM after switching from the Estrella Galicia Honda but still secured fourth.
Jorge Navarro is still at that team and crashed on his way to fifth in the session. His new team-mate Aron Canet was the top rookie performer in sixth.
Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta Rivacold) finished seventh after an early fall, Bendsneyder was eighth, Enea Bastianini (Gresini) found some form in ninth and Philipp Oettl (Scehdl GP Racing) worked solidly for tenth.
John McPhee will look to pick up places in the race after finishing 30th, his Saxoprint Peugeot team-mate Alexis Masbou only fared a little better in 21st, Masbou took pole and won the Qatar Moto3 race last season.
Jonas Folger posted an early record lap of 1m 59.052s which held on as the clock ticked down to hand him pole in Qatar. Last year’s race winner is well placed to repeat his success, with the 2015 pole man Sam Lowes just shy of his time after chipping away all session leaving the British Gresini rider in second on the grid.
Third went to Alex rins, who showed us the ups and downs of Grand Prix racing on his Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Pons Kalex.
Crashing out while second on the timesheets ,the team borrowed all the mechanics from both sides of the garage to fix his bike, then returning, stopping on track and finishing with a lap over the line.
Johann Zarco improved on his last lap to move up one place to fourth as he aims to retain his title with Ajo Motorsport, He finished just ahead of Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) who he pushed into fifth and Sandro Cortese in sixth on the second Dynavolt entry.
Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing) took seventh but a huge crash in the final minute was later revealed to have caused him to dislocate both shoulders and is unlikely to race.
Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team) found the chequered flag first but held on to eighth, Taka Nakagami’s (Idemitsu) final PB saw him in turn hold ninth, with Tom Luthi (Interwetten)completing the top ten.
Danny Kent starts in eleventh on his return to Moto2 with Leopard Racing.
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