Viñales had already flexed his muscles in FP4, taking first place, and was eager to do it again in Q2. He showed great promise on his first run, setting his YZR-M1 in P1 after his opening lap. Unable to improve on his next try, he was pushed down to second and made his way back to the box.
With less than eight minutes on the clock, the Spaniard arrived at the team‘s garage for a tyre swap and a dash of fuel. He was keen on putting in a challenge for pole in front of his home fans, but to do so he had to find at least 0.130s to beat the provisional pole. He achieved the objective, dropping a 1‘30.178s on his 6/8 lap. However, with three other rivals also bettering their time, the Yamaha rider will have to start from fourth place, on the second row, having finished Q2 0.200s from first.
After a challenging first day, Rossi had made a stellar comeback in FP3 to secure fourth position and a place in Q2. He was quick to leave pit lane at the start of the 15-minute shoot-out and settled into provisional sixth place after all riders had completed their first flying lap. His next try was cancelled for exceeding track limits, and he hurried back to the pit box.
About three and a half minutes later, the Doctor was back on his way. He found himself in seventh place as he put in another hot lap, but the Italian's strategy didn't deliver the results he had hoped for due to traffic at the twisty Ricardo Tormo Circuit on his second run. His best lap, a 1‘30.954s set on the first run, was 0.976 off today‘s pole and will see him start from 12th on the grid.