Maverick Vinales will start from pole for the San Marino Grand Prix, after 6 races of not qualifying on the front row.
Italian soil must be favourable to the Spanish Yamaha rider, as his last pole position came at the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.
Q1 started the battle for grid positions with Aspar team-mates Alvaro Bautista and Karel Abraham making it through to Q2. The session saw both Jonas Folger and Jack Miller lose their places in the top 2 due to exceeding track limits, along with crashes for Sam Lowes and Pol Espargaro.
When it came to the top 12 shootout, conditions were almost perfect, with the wind dropping slightly to leave them free from problems.
Vinales led after the first flying laps, before the lead swapped between him and Repsol Honda team-mates Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez.
After a quick stop for some new rubber, it was championship leader Andrea Dovizioso that took over at the top of the times before Maverick Vinales again went quicker with a 1’32.439, the quickest MotoGP time of the weekend.
Dovi kept second place on the grid, with Marc Marquez lining up next to him in third, despite a fast crash at turn 12 as the World Champion ran wide and lost the front.
Row 2 is as mixed as the first, with Cal Crutchlow, Jorge Lorenzo and Johann Zarco filling 4th to 6th, while Dani Pedrosa leads row 3 in 7th, with Danilo Petrucci and Aleix Espargaro completing the row. The top 12 is rounded out on row 4 with Alvaro Bautista, Michele Pirro (who had some sort of issue that affected his wheel rim) and Karel Abraham.
While pole position never predicts success in MotoGP this year, tomorrow is even more unpredictable than usual. The weather today was warm and sunny, but the forecast for raceday shows the exact opposite with a strong chance of rain for all three classes. For MotoGP, that means tyres they haven’t tried this weekend and the potential for flag-to-flag. For polesitter Maverick Vinales, it means riding a prototype 2018 chassis that hasn’t been tested in the rain.
The main contenders regardless of the weather are likely to be Marquez, Dovizioso, and Vinales, with Marquez showing incredible consistency so far. Pedrosa and Petrucci could both put in podium fights, along with Jorge Lorenzo depending on conditions. How things will change with a bit of water thrown in is something no-one can predict, but it could turn this already crazy championship completely upside down.