|Marquez waves to the crowd|
Today in qualifying for the GP of France, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez stormed to an impressive pole position – half a second faster than second place Andrea Dovizioso at LeMans.
Brief rain showers created mixed conditions in FP4 but gave the riders an opportunity to test the wet weather settings on their bikes. However, by the time Q2 began the track was almost completely dry. Marc took provisional pole on his first exit and then on his final lap he was able to improve by over 0.7s – with his time of 1’32.246 – to secure his front spot start, at the circuit where he achieved his first ever pole in GP racing in 2009 (125cc).
The race will begin at 14h00 local time.
Marc Marquez 93 1ST 1'32.246
“Every time that we have gone out on track this weekend we have made big changes, in order to decide which direction to take things with the setup. In qualifying we used the best setup that we had found. We were lucky that the track was in good condition which allowed me to ride normally. I am happy with pole position and tomorrow a tough race awaits us, because Jorge especially has a very good pace. We will try to be as close to him as we can!"
|1||MARQUEZ Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'32.246|
|2||DOVIZIOSO Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1'32.749|
|3||LORENZO Jorge||99||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'32.846|
|4||CRUTCHLOW Cal||35||GBR||CWM LCR Honda||Honda||1'32.897|
|5||IANNONE Andrea||29||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1'33.001|
|6||SMITH Bradley||38||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'33.299|
|7||ROSSI Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'33.352|
|8||PEDROSA Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'33.419|
|9||PETRUCCI Danilo||9||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'33.556|
|10||ESPARGARO Aleix||41||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1'33.665|
|11||HERNANDEZ Yonny||68||COL||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'33.714|
|12||ESPARGARO Pol||44||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'33.724|
|13||VINALES Maverick||25||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1'34.245|
|14||HAYDEN Nicky||69||USA||Aspar MotoGP Team||Honda||1'34.267|
|15||REDDING Scott||45||GBR||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||1'34.551|
|16||BRADL Stefan||6||GER||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||1'34.575|
|17||DI MEGLIO Mike||63||FRA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||1'34.833|
|18||MILLER Jack||43||AUS||CWM LCR Honda||Honda||1'34.858|
|19||BARBERA Hector||8||SPA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||1'34.870|
|20||ABRAHAM Karel||17||CZE||AB Motoracing||Honda||1'34.940|
|21||LAVERTY Eugene||50||IRE||Aspar MotoGP Team||Honda||1'34.947|
|22||BAZ Loris||76||FRA||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||1'35.456|
|23||BAUTISTA Alvaro||19||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1'35.458|
|24||DE ANGELIS Alex||15||RSM||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||1'35.680|
|25||MELANDRI Marco||33||ITA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1'37.522|