Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa (returning to the team after a three race absence) have had a productive first day at the French GP, with twelve riders within a second of each other.

After heavy rain fall yesterday, the weather stayed dry for the first day of practice, enabling Dani to find his feet again after his time off after surgery to his right arm. In this morning’s FP1 session, Marc lost time after an electrical issue on one of his bikes early in the session, which was fixed soon after. However, the reigning World Champion didn’t let this disrupt his day and continued work as usual. Marc – using a new swing arm tested in Jerez – finished the day in 5th place with his time of 1’33.670 on lap 16 of 21.

Dani, having not ridden his Honda RC213V for six weeks, took it easy this morning to find his feeling again. He improved considerably by the afternoon and finished this first day in 7th with a time of 1’33.725 (lap 18/18) and just half a second from the top spot.

Marc Marquez

5th 1'33.670 [lap 16/21]

"Today went quite well. I'm happy because we have done a good job in preparation for the race, and we have also done some interesting tests that will allow us to keep working in a good way this weekend. The final position for the day might only be fifth, but the feeling is good and that is important. Tomorrow we will try to improve and continue on the same track with our work, which is the right way for us to go."

Dani Pedrosa

7th 1'33.725 [lap 18/18]

"The first day after a long time without riding has been a little difficult, as was finding a good feel for the track and getting used to the speed and the tyres. In addition, this track is not easy to tackle when it’s a little cold. However, gradually we have made progress and by the afternoon things were going better, even if I still lacked a bit of pace. Tonight I will try to relax as much as I can, in order to regain energy for tomorrow."

MotoGP 2015
Practice Round 5   France

Results Session

Dry
Humidity
57%
Track Temp
25°C
Air Temp
18°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'33.179
2 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'33.369
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'33.553
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'33.652
5 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'33.670
6 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'33.686
7 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'33.725
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'33.903
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'33.944
10 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 1'33.953
11 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'34.092
12 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'34.110
13 Miller Jack 43 AUS LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'34.253
14 Redding Scott 45 GBR Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'34.371
15 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'34.543
16 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'34.568
17 Hayden Nicky 69 USA Aspar Team Honda 1'34.663
18 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'34.745
19 Baz Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'35.002
20 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'35.067
21 Abraham Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 1'35.090
22 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'35.137
23 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Honda 1'35.182
24 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 1'35.802
25 Melandri Marco 33 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'36.056
Location Information

Built in 1965 around the existing 24-Hour track, the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit lies 5km south of the city of Le Mans and 200km south-west of Paris. The venue has hosted Grand Prix since the late sixties but a serious accident to Spanish rider Alberto Puig in… read more.

Length 4.185 kilometres / 2.6 miles
Width 13 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 9
Longest straight 0.674 kilometres / 0.419 miles
Constructed 1966
Modified 2008

Automobile Club de l'Ouest, Le Mans, France - View in Google Maps

www.lemans.org

Records

Pole Position 1m 31.975s (163.8km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 32.879s (162.2km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 43m 44.143s (160.7km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
2016 Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)