The long-awaited positive Saturday is still to come for Edgar Pons, who after brilliantly gaining access to Q2 courtesy of an overall P2 in free practice he is unable to capitalise – with his qualifying earning him only a 15th place on the grid.

The time set by the Spanish rider (1’52.099) was eight tenths slower than the one recorded by poleman Lowes and four and a half tenths away from the lap-time set by the standard bearer of Team Federal Oil Gresini himself earlier in the morning, which would have given him a front row start.

Nicolò Bulega finished further down the field as his 1’52.433secs lap-time was not enough to get through Q1. The Italian rider, who looked like on a completely different type of form yesterday, will try yet another comeback tomorrow from 21st place on the grid – with the race to start at 14:30 local time (GMT +2).

15th – EDGAR PONS #57 (1’52.099)

“Generally speaking it was a positive day, so too bad for those two tenths that would have allowed us to be in the first three rows. We couldn’t find the perfect lap but we’re in a good moment in the season and the top ten is absolutely within reach. Obviously it would have been better to be closer to the front of the grid to avoid getting stuck in the middle of the pack, nut we’re ready.”

21st – NICOLÒ BULEGA #11 (1’52.433)

“Unfortunately we didn’t improve while the others did. We compared data and telemetry and maybe we have a solution we’ll try tomorrow during warm up in order to narrow the gap down to the frontrunners.”

ONLY ROW 5 FOR PONS AT ARAGON    - Gresini Racing
ONLY ROW 5 FOR PONS AT ARAGON    - Gresini Racing
ONLY ROW 5 FOR PONS AT ARAGON    - Gresini Racing