In an afternoon marred by poor weather conditions and standing water, it was Sky Racing Team VR46 rider Francesco Bagnaia who was able to take advantage of the drying conditions to take pole position ahead of Tech 3’s Remy Gardner and Marc VDS’ Alex Marquez.
In a grouping separated by 0.258 seconds Bagnaia set a quickest time of 2’08.153 on his final lap of the session, beating Australian by 0.194 seconds. Marquez was just 0.064 seconds behind him.
German rider Marcel Schrotter had looked promising for pole, setting the early pace in FP1 on Friday, however was only able to set a time good enough for fourth and the second row of the grid.
The second VR46 machine of Luca Marini will start fifth ahead of Fabio Quartararo, who yesterday confirmed his MotoGP future with the Petronas Yamaha by SIC squad.
Mattia Pasini heads up row three ahead of Iker Lecuona with home hero Sam Lowes and Romano Fenati rounding out the top ten.
Series leader Miguel Oliveira struggled again in qualifying and will start the race 23rd.
Britain’s Danny Kent was another to endure a tough session, he’ll start 26th for Speed Up, just two places ahead of impressive wildcard Josh Owens.
The Moto2 race is now scheduled to take place at around 14:30 Sunday afternoon following changes to the schedule that see the MotoGP race kick off at 11:30.