The 20 year old set a new lap record with a time of 1’30.237 to lead title rival Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and team-mate Dani Pedrosa.
Leading the second row is Valentino Rossi on his Yamaha, the Italian announced on Thursday that he will be parting from long-term crew chief Jeremy Burgess.
Burgess said “he was not expecting it whatsoever” Burgess has been there all the way to see Rossi win 80 races and seven world titles in the premier class.
Monster Yamaha Tech3 team of Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith will start from fifth and sixth on the grid while GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista will start from seventh, In eighth LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl . The top ten was rounded out by Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden. By Laura Turner