Having been without a pole position since the 2018 Argentine Grand Prix, where he took top honours in a Pramac Ducati in the same variable conditions, the Australian beat teammate Fern by 0.015secs at Misano Francesco Bagnaia, who was given three penalties.
In previous FP4 races, it started to rain at the rear of Misano, but when Q1 started, the conditions on the track were still good enough for an oil slick.
But in the first quarter, more rain began to fall, forcing drivers to give up hope for a place in the second quarter at the last minute.
That’s how the wet tire conditions changed when everyone but KTM’s Miguel Oliveira and Gresini’s Enea Bastianini started the 15-minute pole fight they called.
Oliveira’s first lap of 1:38.743 gave him a 2.9-second lead over Francesco Bagnaia’s wet tires.
While the rain had been falling, the track wasn’t wet enough to stop the oil slick as a viable option, so the pits became a hive of bike swaps.
Oliveira extended his advantage with a lap of 1:37.332, but the pole position will change hands between the seven drivers in 15 minutes.
This will be Miller’s 1:31.899 on the penultimate lap, which will make him the first pole position for the Ducati factory team.
Teammate Bagnaya follows him, but will drop to fifth place in an irresponsible ride in FP1.
However, it will do little damage to his hopes of cutting a 44-point deficit at the top of the table as points leader Quartararo fails to take advantage.
Quartararo was one of the first runners to qualify on the track in Q2 and was selected for the Wet, but when he switched to bald shoes, he couldn’t get the usual Yamaha Under the troubled top spot.
The Frenchman could only finish eighth with a time of 1:32.246.
Bastianini – who made his first MotoGP podium at Misano last year – gave his one-year-old Ducati third place, but will be due to Bagnaia’s points The ball moved up to second, as fourth-placed VR46 Ducati rookie Marco Bezzecchi will now complete the front row.
Maverick Vinales is Aprilia’s top driver in fifth on the schedule, but will be ahead of Bagnaia in fourth and Johann Zarco of Pramac.
Luca Marini followed his VR46 teammate Bezzecchi on his final lap in Q1, perfectly coinciding with the deteriorating conditions.
He will be seventh ahead of Quartararo, with title contender Aleix Espargaro – who is Quartararo’s closest title rival, 32 points behind – ninth in his second race in Aprilias.
Oliveira dropped to 10th place ahead of Yamaha’s Suzuki of Franco Morbidelli and Alex Rins.
Jorge Martin was the biggest loser in uncertain conditions after being eliminated by Marini’s well-timed lap by 0.011s in Q1.
After the LCR riders crashed early in the first quarter, the Pramac riders will be 13th behind KTM’s Brad Binder and Alex Marquez.
Andrea Dovizioso will start his final MotoGP race on his RNF Yamaha on the 18th ahead of lead engineering team Honda at Pol Espargaro, while Joan Mir’s Suzuki substitute Kazuki Watanabe will be in The KTM rider started his first MotoGP race on the 23rd after beating the Tech 3.
The 2022 MotoGP San Marino GP will start at 2pm CET.