Well who'd have thought it: Dovizioso, working hard on his retirement plan with Ducati, qualifies half a second ahead of Rossi, who has just stepped off that Ducati and taken (we guess) a big pay cut for a ride on the love of his life, the M1.
Of course, there are no points for qualifying and the Duc will eat its rear tyre. Valentino still has a chance for the race, but he is a full second (give or take a few thousandths) behind pole-man Lorenzo, which is roughly where he was last year on the Duc. Gulp.
Meanwhile, Marquez gets in the way of Pedrosa. And Crutchlow takes another step up.
Lots to look forward to. But Rossi fans (and I'm one) will be getting that sinking feeling they've got used to at last.