Positive first day for Marquez and Pedrosa in Le Mans
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.
"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."
"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."
|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 Lenovo Team||Ducati||1'33.553|
|4||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||CWM 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|
|11||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1'34.092|
|12||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1'34.110|
|13||Miller Jack||43||AUS||LCR Honda||Honda||1'34.253|
|14||Redding Scott||45||GBR||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|
|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||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||Aprilia||1'36.056|
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|
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|Pole Position||1m 30.450s (166.5km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Lap||1m 31.778s (164.1km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Time||41m 34.613s (163 km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2022)|
|2022 Race Winner||Enea Bastianini (Ducati)|