The track was drying in Q1, and drier by the start of Q2. With rain forecast to hit halfway through the second qualifying session however, the pressure was on to do a good lap – and choose the right tire. With some heading out on intermediates, Marquez then came back in quickly to switch to slicks. He was untouchable from that point on, and 1.5 seconds clear a few minutes later until the grid began to reel him closer. Pol Espargaro was late to switch, attempting a fast lap on the intermediates, before coming back in for slicks and then taking the front row. Crutchlow didn’t quite take the full gamble, and set his front row qualifier on an intermediate front and slick rear.