An early fall for Joan Mir left Luca Marini as the lone Repsol Honda Team rider for the majority of the French Sprint race, the Italian staying focused and continuing to build for Sunday’s race.

Starting the day with practice and Q1, the Repsol Honda Team immediately picked up where they left off and continued hunting improvements. A step forward for Joan Mir saw him earn 18th on the grid, just behind Alex Marquez while Luca Marini earned 21st as he worked on closing the gap to his teammate. The pair had their sights set on forward progress as they lined up on the grid for Saturday afternoon’s 13-lap Sprint race.

A determined Luca Marini took positives from another completed race, more laps and more data taking him and the Repsol Honda Team another step closer to improvements. Finishing in 18th, the Italian quickly overcame his teammate as the race began and diligently went about his race. With the information gained, Marini and his team are planning one final adjustment in Sunday morning Warm Up before taking on the French Grand Prix in front of what is set to be a capacity crowd.

Joan Mir’s race would come to an early finish as he fell without injury at Turn 8 on Lap 4. He returned to the garage and retired from the race. Confident of pinpointing the issue that caused his fall and also his slow start to the race, Mir is aiming to bounce back on Sunday and is targeting points and top Honda honours.

The Repsol Honda Team now turn their attentions to Sunday’s French Grand Prix, 27 laps of the Le Mans circuit scheduled to start at 14:00 Local Time. Forecasts are beginning to darken and the unpredictability of a flag-to-flag could open endless possibilities.

Luca Marini


“There are always positives to take from every lap you make. We got more data and learned a few things to improve for Sunday. It’s clear what we are missing with the current package that we have, so we keep on working until something comes to change that. For tomorrow we will try to do another small change with the bike to improve the front feeling. I am confident Honda will bring the things that we need soon.”

Joan Mir


“From the start we could feel that there wasn’t something right with the rear and we were lacking a lot of grip. We need to check everything well to understand the problem and improve it tomorrow. It’s a shame because it meant our race was over before it began and I fell because of this problem. A shame because I think we could have been fighting up with Zarco to be close him and even the top ten. This is the target for tomorrow because I am confident we can find a solution.”

MotoGP 2024
Sprint Race Round 5   France

Grand Prix de France - Sprint Result

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 12 Pramac Racing Ducati 19'49.694
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 9 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 2.280
3 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 7 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 4.174
4 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 6 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 4.798
5 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 5 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 7.689
6 Acosta Pedro 31 SPA 4 Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 9.185
7 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 3 Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 11.190
8 Miller Jack 43 AUS 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 11.516
9 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 1 Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 12.257
10 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 12.699
11 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 0 Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 13.492
12 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati 15.578
13 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 0 LCR Honda Honda 16.439
14 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 0 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 16.816
15 Binder Brad 33 RSA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 16.969
16 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda 19.123
17 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA 0 Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 23.618
18 Marini Luca 10 ITA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 27.854
19 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA DNF Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati DNF
20 Rins Alex 42 SPA DNF Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF
21 Mir Joan 36 SPA DNF Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
22 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA DNF Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati DNF
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
Resurfacing Resurfaced before 2017 round

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


Pole Position 1m 29.919s (167.5km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducat,2024)
Race Lap 1m 31.107s (165.3km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2024)
Race Time 41m 23.709s (163.7 km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducat,2024)
2024 Race Winner Jorge Martin (Ducat)
2024 Sprint Winner Jorge Martin (Ducat)