Amirul threw down the gauntlet when he logged the fastest time on his very first lap out during the qualifying session. "Our qualifying time shows that our team's bike definitely has the power. Even so, it will be a very close fight during the races as it won't be that easy to pull away from the chasing pack," said Amirul.
Indonesian rider Rey Ratukore tried to match his speed when he clocked second fastest on the fourth lap, a time of 1:56.356s but was unable to come close to Amirul's qualifying time. "I am satisfied with my qualifying time even though I am second on the grid. After logging the second fastest time, I spent most of the qualifying session lapping alone as the team wanted me to test the engine's endurance away from the interference of the group. So far, everything looks good and I will try to go from second to first in both races," said Rey.
Rey's compatriots Yudhistira and Hadi Wijaya were third and fourth fastest respectively when they set times of 1:57.832s and 1:57.931s each. Thai rider Prawat Yannawut also managed to squeeze his way into the top-5 with the fifth fastest time of 1:58.150s. "Even though the track condition was bumpy and slippery, I feel that my bike is performing better than the previous race. Nevertheless, there is still plenty of room for improvement," said Prawat.
Further down the grid, Ferlando Herdian qualified sixth with 1:58.178s followed by Malaysian rider Affendi Rosli with the seventh fastest time of 1:58.843s. Speaking during a post-qualifying interview, Affendi's team manager, Soong Chee Kieong of team Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK commented, "My riders will have to change their riding styles to optimise their performance at this circuit. Amirul's bike is exactly the same as ours and there is no reason why Affendi and Norizman cannot do the same."
Gupita Kresna Wardhana who was fastest during the first day of practice qualified only eight (1:58.954s), followed by wildcard rider Irwan Ardiansyah ninth (1:59.001s) and Wawan Hermawan tenth (1:59.645s). "Even though we were gunning for a complete turnaround for our team's results, there are still some issues to iron out," said Benny Djati Utomo, Wawan's team manager (Astra Motor Racing). "Progress on the bike is going smoothly. Denny's bike is still overheating, which is something we are trying hard to solve. But more importantly, Denny himself is not well this weekend. As for Wawan, he is clearly not used to this level of close slipstreaming and will have to learn quickly how to adapt."