Morbidelli takes pole position for the Valencia MotoGP and will be joined on an all-satellite front row by Miller and Nakagami.

With spots of rain in the air throughout qualifying, world championship leader Mir could only manage 12th and last in Q2.

However, his nearest title rivals also couldn't make an impact with Quartararo (who, like Binder, only had one new soft tyre left) starting 11th after having to fight through Qualifying 1 and Rins down in 14th.

Mir starts the penultimate round with a 37-point lead over Rins and Quartararo, 41-point lead over Vinales and 45-point advantage over Morbidelli and Dovizioso. Mir will be crowned world champion on Sunday if he has a title lead of at least 26-points.

Iker Lecuona hoped to return on Saturday morning after being forced to miss last weekend's round and self-isolate due to a positive Covid test for his brother and assistant, but has also now tested positive.

HRC test rider Bradl is replacing injured reigning world champion Marc Marquez, who won't return until 2021.

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Valencia MotoGP - Full Qualifying Results
1Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'30.191s7/8317k
2Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.096s7/9329k
3Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.222s9/9320k
4Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+0.329s8/9323k
5Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.362s7/9323k
6Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.454s6/8320k
7Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.466s6/7323k
8Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.480s9/9329k
9Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+0.546s10/10323k
10Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.590s8/9326k
11Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.673s4/10320k
12Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.797s9/9318k
 Qualifying 1:     
13Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)1'31.159s8/9326k
14Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1'31.594s7/9320k
15Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)1'31.601s3/8323k
16Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'31.604s6/8317k
17Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)1'31.606s8/9329k
18Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)1'31.831s7/9326k
19Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)1'32.063s6/7327k
20Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*1'32.205s3/4324k
21Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1'32.237s3/8318k

* Rookie.
Official Valencia MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda1m 31.116s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha1m 29.401s (2016)

By Peter McLaren

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