Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa started working on the setup of their RC213V on the French GP’s opening day, which took place in fine albeit a bit cool weather conditions, with max air and ground temperatures of 22° and 27° C, respectively.

Marquez set the third-fastest time both in the morning and the afternoon sessions while working on electronics and on the general setup of the bike, looking to improve his pace on the first and third sectors of the track.

Pedrosa had a very positive start to the day, clocking the fastest time in FP1. He also started the afternoon session quite strong, breaking trough the 1’34” barrier in his first run before trying some setup changes that didn’t help him to make an additional step forward as he had hoped.

Both riders tried the new rear tyre that Michelin brought and look forward to continuing their work on it, beginning with tomorrow’s FP3 session at 9:55 a.m. local time.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1'33.313

“Today was demanding. We knew this circuit would cause us to struggle a bit, but we’re overcoming things fairly well. I have a good pace and I’m feeling good, although we’re losing some time on both of this circuit’s hard acceleration points; it’s something that’s difficult to recover from afterwards. We’re working on this aspect and we’ll see if we can take another step forward tomorrow, both with the electronics and with the setup of the bike. It will also be important to make a good decision about which tyres we’ll use on Sunday, although it seems that both of the compounds we have available are pretty good.”

Dani Pedrosa

8th 1'33.748

“We started the day well, but in the end we didn’t finish off as we had hoped. The start of the second session also went well, but after that we were evaluating some technical changes that didn’t give us the results we wanted, and made me lose pace. We won’t make many changes to the bike’s setup tomorrow, in order to try to concentrate on my riding and on improving the pace for both the race and qualifying.”

MotoGP 2016
Practice Round 5   France

Results Session

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'32.830
2 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.339
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.483
4 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.576
5 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.744
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.765
7 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.783
8 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.918
9 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1.121
10 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.144
11 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1.220
12 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1.223
13 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1.253
14 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.476
15 Baz Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1.534
16 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Ducati 1.595
17 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Aspar Team Ducati 1.701
18 Miller Jack 43 AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.826
19 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.912
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.959
21 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.259
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

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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)
2021 Race Winner Jack Miller (Ducati)