The Rome-born rider pulled out of his first flying lap after pitting, but there was no stopping him on his final one. Two tenths under in the first sector, the Speed Up was getting a wriggle on. ‘Diggia’ had 0.278 in his pocket at the third split and, you guessed it, he snatched pole from Marquez. Would the latter reply? No, nobody would. Grey sectors filled the timing screens and it’s Di Giannantonio who will launch from his first-ever pole position. A P2 for Marquez is by no means a bad result, but with Fernandez on the front row, tensions will be high heading into the race.