Rossi headed out on track in the Q2 session in the middle of the 12-rider field, but he didn’t let that spoil his rhythm. On his first flying lap he set a personal benchmark time of 2’01.219s for fifth place. Unable to better his time with his next attempt, he dropped down the order and held eighth position as he entered the pits with a little more than six minutes of Q2 remaining.
A quick minute later, the live timing was flashing red sectors for various riders, including the Doctor. The Italian was on an absolute flyer and set a superb 2’00.025s for second place, 0.084s from first. He had time for one more lap, but didn’t improve, and will start tomorrow’s Octo British Grand Prix from the middle of the front row.
Viñales followed his teammate out of pit lane at the start of the 15-minute shoot-out. He immediately put his Yamaha YZR-M1 inside the top-3 and followed it up with a 2’00.485s for second place on his second try.
The young Spaniard quickly made his way back to the Movistar Yamaha box for a set of fresh tyres. When he was back out on track with five minutes remaining, the riders’ provisional ranking shuffled as the times dropped. Viñales set a personal best lap, a 2’00.341s, for fourth position, 0.400s from the front. As he was unable to make further progress on his last lap, he will start tomorrow’s race from the second row of the grid.