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Unstoppable Marquez back on pole in France

Beats three Ducatis
Saturday, May 18, 2019


Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez
Even a crash during Q2 couldn’t stop Marc Marquez from claiming his third pole position from five MotoGP races.

Wet and cold conditions, the track just 14°C and a brisk air temperature of 12°C, provided a gloomy welcome to the Le Mans circuit for Saturday’s running.

Conditions remained equally treacherous in FP4, Marquez suffering a harmless fall at Turn 9 early in the session. The reigning World Champion went on to set the fastest time of the session, completely unfazed by the off.

Rain returned to the 4.2 km long Le Mans circuit the same moment as pit lane opened for Q2. A second fall of the day, this time at Turn 6, after setting his fastest lap could not stop Marquez taking pole position for the French GP, his third pole from five races. Marquez’s 55th premier class pole draws him level with Valentino Rossi and just three behind Mick Doohan’s record 58 premier class poles.

Tomorrow’s 27-lap French Grand Prix will take place at 14:00 local time, the weather forecast remaining unpredictable. The race presents Honda with the first opportunity to seal their 300th premier class victory.

Marc Marquez
“Today was one of those days! The conditions meant you didn’t know if a slick or a wet tyre would be best with the light rain, it was really difficult. In Qualifying we knew we had to push on the first lap when there was the least water on track. Then with more water on track it got more difficult. I’m happy with this pole because it was a day where you could easily start from the back if you weren’t careful. Now we see what the weather does tomorrow!”


1MARQUEZ Marc93SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'40.952
2PETRUCCI Danilo9ITAMission Winnow DucatiDucati0.360
3MILLER Jack43AUSPramac RacingDucati0.414
4DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITAMission Winnow DucatiDucati0.600
5ROSSI Valentino46ITAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha0.703
6MORBIDELLI Franco21ITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha0.729
7NAKAGAMI Takaaki30JPNLCR HondaHonda1.107
8LORENZO Jorge99SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1.115
9ESPARGARO Aleix41SPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1.498
10QUARTARARO Fabio20FRAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha1.557
11VINALES Maverick12SPAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1.603
12ESPARGARO Pol44SPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTMNo Time Set
13BAGNAIA Francesco63ITAPramac RacingDucati1'39.982 Q1
14ZARCO Johann5FRARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM0.047
15CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBRLCR HondaHonda0.132
16OLIVEIRA Miguel88PORRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM0.403
17ABRAHAM Karel17CZEReale Avintia RacingDucati0.500
18MIR Joan36SPATeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki0.624
19RINS Alex42SPATeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki0.724
20RABAT Tito53SPAReale Avintia RacingDucati1.369
21SYAHRIN Hafizh55MALRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM1.735
22IANNONE Andrea29ITAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1.804

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