Redding leads the way as huge names tumble out of Q2

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Pramac Racing Scott Redding leads the charge to Q2 as mixed conditions see a huge shake up throughout the field.

After a damp start to FP3, it was a rush to Q2 in the final few minutes as the times tumbled and the field pushed hard to gain entry to the second qualifying session, with slicks on in the final few minutes and red sectors lighting up the timing screens. Jack Miller’s (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) Friday best was initially unthreatened, before Redding and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) hit back and the dash to the top ten was on.

After the initial dash, it was Redding and Crutchlow who led the charge to Q2, with Miller slotting into third. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) moved through safely in P4, just ahead of reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team).

Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) again showed some impressive pace in the drying conditions to take sixth, in front of an incredible headline story for Red Bull KTM Factory racing: Pol Espargaro leads the Austrian factory’s charge in P7 with their first ever direct entry to Q2 – but the good news didn’t stop there, with teammate Bradley Smith making it both ‘bulls’ into Q2 in P10.

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took eighth, ahead of fastest home hero Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing), who pushed hard to keep his spot in the top ten – just ahead of Smith.

There are a huge number of names out and heading through Q1 – with a shaken up grid now a surety for the French GP. From P11 down through the field, the riders heading into Q1 include: Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), and the two men who found themselves pushed down to the bottom of the timesheets in FP3: Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team).

After FP4 – not timed for qualifying – Q1 gets underway at 14:10 (GMT +2) as the race is on to get back into the fight for the top ten on the grid.

Full Result:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 302.6 1'35.674  
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 299.4 1'36.035 0.361 / 0.361
3 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 291.2 1'36.122 0.448 / 0.087
4 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 297.1 1'36.185 0.511 / 0.063
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 294.0 1'36.354 0.680 / 0.169
6 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 296.6 1'36.497 0.823 / 0.143
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 304.3 1'36.612 0.938 / 0.115
8 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 298.1 1'36.616 0.942 / 0.004
9 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 291.7 1'36.752 1.078 / 0.136
10 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 294.7 1'36.805 1.131 / 0.053
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 300.9 1'36.821 1.147 / 0.016
12 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 301.3 1'36.823 1.149 / 0.002
13 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 293.6 1'36.839 1.165 / 0.016
14 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 299.1 1'36.873 1.199 / 0.034
15 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 297.1 1'37.464 1.790 / 0.591
16 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 298.7 1'37.610 1.936 / 0.146
17 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 295.9 1'37.772 2.098 / 0.162
18 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 294.2 1'38.888 3.214 / 1.116
19 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 299.7 1'38.931 3.257 / 0.043
20 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 292.1 1'39.730 4.056 / 0.799
21 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 301.9 1'40.373 4.699 / 0.643
22 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 289.1 1'41.354 5.680 / 0.981
23 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 291.1 1'41.608 5.934 / 0.254

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