Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa will start tomorrow’s French GP from the fifth and 13th places on the grid, respectively, despite both being quite fast during the course of the day.
Marc’s progression in his work to find the best setup has been affected by the limited dry track time and by two small crashes, in FP4 and in QP2, though both incidents were without consequence.
After solving some setup issues in the morning’s damp-but-drying FP3 session, preventing him from gaining direct passage into Q2, Dani was very fast in FP4, ending a close second. He was able to keep up his speed in QP1 but ultimately lost his provisional second place to Johann Zarco by just 48 thousandths of a second. He therefore had to settle for a fifth-row spot despite the fact that his QP1 lap time would have placed him on the second row.
The Repsol Honda pair look forward to making use of the tomorrow’s warm-up to finalize the last details of their setup before the race, which will start at 2 p.m. local time.
|1||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'31.994|
|2||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'32.100|
|3||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'32.229|
|4||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||1'32.300|
|5||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'32.493|
|6||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1'32.726|
|7||Redding Scott||45||GBR||Octo Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'33.119|
|8||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||Yamaha||1'33.399|
|9||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||1'33.517|
|10||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1'33.629|
|11||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Marc VDS Racing Team||Honda||1'33.756|
|12||Baz Loris||76||FRA||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||1'33.955|
|13||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'32.415 (Q1)|
|14||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||1'32.484 (Q1)|
|15||Folger Jonas||94||GER||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'32.695 (Q1)|
|16||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1'32.830 (Q1)|
|17||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1'32.844 (Q1)|
|18||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1'33.187 (Q1)|
|19||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Octo Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'33.231 (Q1)|
|20||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||1'33.233 (Q1)|
|21||Lowes Sam||22||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1'33.817 (Q1)|
|22||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Marc VDS Racing Team||Honda||1'33.875 (Q1)|
|23||Guintoli Sylvain||50||FRA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1'34.082 (Q1)|
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|
|Longest straight||0.674 kilometres / 0.419 miles|
|Resurfacing||Resurfaced before 2017 round|
Automobile Club de l'Ouest, Le Mans, France - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 31.185s (165.2km/h) Johann Zarco (Yamaha, 2018)|
|Race Lap||1m 32.309s (163.2km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2017)|
|Race Time||41m49.773s (162 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)|