Ben Spies was in top form, just missing out on a front-row start by a margin of 0.014s, having held second in the timings with 3 minutes remaining. Spies will head the second row, in front of Repsol Honda rival Andrea Dovizioso. Finishing the second row is Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), who matched his previous best grid position of 2011 in sixth.
The Ducati Team duo head up the third row, with Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) ahead of Nicky Hayden for the first time this weekend, followed by Ã�lvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki), who finished fifth here last year and won the 250 race in 2009.
Completing the top ten in the session were Hector BarberÃ¡ (Mapfre Aspar) in ninth position followed by Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini), who ran off the track earlier and was not able to better his best qualifying position of the season of tenth.
Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) had an early crash at the start of the session, and rejoined the session after a medical check to finish in 15th.
Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) will not be participating in this round due to injuries.
|1||Marco Simoncelli||1'42.413||ITA||HONDA||San Carlo Honda Gresini|
|2||Casey Stoner||1'42.429||AUS||HONDA||Repsol Honda Team|
|3||Jorge Lorenzo||1'42.728||SPA||YAMAHA||Yamaha Factory Racing Team|
|4||Ben Spies||1'42.742||USA||YAMAHA||Yamaha Factory Racing Team|
|5||Andrea Dovizioso||1'42.749||ITA||HONDA||Repsol Honda Team|
|6||Cal Crutchlow||1'43.202||GBR||YAMAHA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3|
|7||Valentino Rossi||1'43.223||ITA||DUCATI||Ducati Marlboro Team|
|8||Nicky Hayden||1'43.228||USA||DUCATI||Ducati Marlboro Team|
|9||Alvaro Bautista||1'43.447||SPA||SUZUKI||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP|
|10||Hector Barbera||1'43.656||SPA||DUCATI||Paginas Amarillas Aspar|
|11||Hiroshi Aoyama||1'43.734||JPN||HONDA||San Carlo Honda Gresini|
|12||Randy De Puniet||1'43.764||FRA||DUCATI||Pramac Racing|
|13||Loris Capirossi||1'44.068||ITA||DUCATI||Pramac Racing|
|14||Toni Elias||1'44.510||SPA||HONDA||LCR Honda MotoGP|
|15||Karel Abraham||1'45.661||CZE||DUCATI||Cardion AB Motoracing|