Aleix Espargaro crashed twice in the final qualifying session, certainly runing his chances at setting pole or simply a front row start. Espargaro's second crash happened when he had set fast time in all previous sectors on that lap.
Marquez "found the way" to snatch pole just six weeks after breaking his leg, but qualified the impressive fast time by saying he didn't think his leg was strong enough to do "many laps". This statement was almost universally dismissed.
Smith said his Yamaha just felt good" for some reason today and he was happy to grab his first ever front row start in MotoGP.
Alvaro Bautista's eyes shone afterwards like he'd just gotten married. Some predict a two bike race for the win between Marquez and Bautista.
Valentino Rossi looked at the timing screen after the session ended and just shook his head.
In Moto2 American Josh Herrin qualified 27th in his first ever Moto2 race.