Marc Marquez and teammate Jorge Lorenzo completed a positive opening day of practice in France, taking second and fourth respectively.

Building on the work done in Free Practice 1, Marc Marquez was immediately able to lap in the low 1’32s and quickly moved to top the time sheets during the second session. Although focusing on longer runs, Marquez remained quickest for much of the session and ended the day with a 1’31.618, the second fastest rider of the day.

A small fall at Turn 8 early in Free Practice 1 did little to upset Jorge Lorenzo’s Friday performance in France. A calm start to Free Practice 2 saw Lorenzo explode to the top of the time sheets in the closing minutes of the session. Ultimately setting a 1’31.716 to end the day in fourth overall.

Action resumes in France with Free Practice 3 at 09:55 local time on Saturday, May 18, and Q2 then starting at 14:35 local time. Mixed forecasts mean the Repsol Honda Team are ready for rain or shine tomorrow.

Marc Marquez

2nd 1'31.618

“The feeling is great today and I’m very happy because we were able to work in a good way, like always. The only change we made was a new tyre at the end of FP2 where normally we use the same tyres. With the weather looking unstable tomorrow it was best to do this. Also today I made a big save in FP1, it was my second run and I was able to save it but it took me by surprise a little bit because it’s so bumpy. Another nice video for the collection! There are many fast people and with the changing weather we will maintain our focus.”

Jorge Lorenzo

4th 1'31.716

"Today didn’t start in the ideal way with the crash this morning. I was running with too much lean over the curbs and wasn’t able to save it. We came back stronger, in Free Practice 2 we made one change to the bike and I was able to feel much better on corner entry. It has helped a lot and we will keep trying different bits to become more and more confident. Conditions look like they could change tomorrow, but for today it was positive."

MotoGP 2019
Practice Round 5   France

French Grand Prix Combined Free Practice Classification

Cloudy
Humidity
39%
Track Temp
31°C
Air Temp
20°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'31.428
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.190
3 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.285
4 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.288
5 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.308
6 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.471
7 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.495
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.704
9 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.775
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.810
11 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.811
12 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.842
13 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.857
14 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.892
15 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.894
16 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.957
17 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.146
18 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.571
19 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.713
20 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.973
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.003
22 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2.475
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

www.lemans.org

Records

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)
2019 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)