The first pole position of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship season went to defending champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) completing the front row.
Andrea Iannone is the first Ducati on the grid, at the head of the second row. The Italian could have been on the front row had he not come across Scott Reading on his final quick lap. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who has often battled to set a decent time since the new qualifying format was introduced, is next up with Andrea Dovizioso in the second Ducati Team bike completing the second row.
The top 14 riders on the Moto2 grid are covered by just a second but it is Jonas Folger who is the happiest of them. The Belgian went out early and set a lap time that nobody could match to claim only the second pole position of his Moto2 career. Sam Lowes will line up in the middle of the front row with Alex Rins, who had a big crash early on in the session, in third.
Reigning champion Johann Zarco gets his title defence underway from the second row of the grid with Franco Morbidelli and Sandro Cortese alongside him.
Livio Loi topped the Moto3 timesheet for much of the qualifying session but a late lap by Romano Fenati in which he took advantage of a group of riders ahead of him to gain a tow down the long Losail straight pushed the Belgian down into second. Brad Binder’s time should have seen him complete the front row of the grid but and infringement during practice yesterday earned the South African a three-place penalty so he will start from sixth.
Binder’s misfortune means that Fabio Quartararo moves up to complete the front row. The Honda mounted pair of Jorge Navarro and Aron Canet will line up ahead of Binder in fourth and fifth.