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 14Â°C and a brisk air temperature of 12Â°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.
“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!"
|1||MARQUEZ Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'40.952|
|2||PETRUCCI Danilo||9||ITA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||0.360|
|3||MILLER Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.414|
|4||DOVIZIOSO Andrea||4||ITA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||0.600|
|5||ROSSI Valentino||46||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.703|
|6||MORBIDELLI Franco||21||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.729|
|7||NAKAGAMI Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||1.107|
|8||LORENZO Jorge||99||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.115|
|9||ESPARGARO Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1.498|
|10||QUARTARARO Fabio||20||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||1.557|
|11||VINALES Maverick||12||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1.603|
|12||ESPARGARO Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||No Time Set|
|13||BAGNAIA Francesco||63||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'39.982 Q1|
|14||ZARCO Johann||5||FRA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.047|
|15||CRUTCHLOW Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||0.132|
|16||OLIVEIRA Miguel||88||POR||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||0.403|
|17||ABRAHAM Karel||17||CZE||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||0.500|
|18||MIR Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.624|
|19||RINS Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.724|
|20||RABAT Tito||53||SPA||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||1.369|
|21||SYAHRIN Hafizh||55||MAL||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||1.735|
|22||IANNONE Andrea||29||ITA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1.804|