The practice pacesetter was once again on a different level to the rest of the field and went to the top of the timesheets on his first lap, where he remained until the end of the session.
The reigning champion beat his previous track lap record on his second tour of the circuit and continued to improve which each lap.
His best was saved until the last when he produced a blistering 2m02.773s, smashing the previous time by 0.273 seconds.
Dani Pedrosa was the only rider within 0.3s of his Honda team-mate, while LCR's Stefan Bradl underlined his practice pace in qualifying and completes an all-Honda front row.
Aleix Espargaro continued to be the quickest Open class competitor, but it was not plain sailing for the Forward rider as he was forced to participate in Q1 after struggling during practice.
The Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi line up alongside him on the second row, ahead of Cal Crutchlow who was the fastest Ducati, although his day ended with a mechanical issue and he had to push-start his bike.
His former Tech 3 team-mate Bradley Smith struggled to hook up a good lap and lost time in the final sector. The Briton starts ahead of Andrea Iannone in eighth.
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