Ever-changing conditions made for a demanding day in France, Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl adapting throughout the day and pleased with the work done in Free Practice 4.

Times were immediately faster despite the cold conditions on Saturday morning, riders setting their best times of the weekend just a few laps into Free Practice 3. Conditions would continue to improve throughout the day, track temperature more than doubling between FP3 and Qualifying.

Alex Marquez was able to keep the pace and improved his lap time on multiple occasions throughout the first session to remain in top-ten contention. Unfortunately, the MotoGP rookie was the victim of a harmless crash at Turn 3, typical of the Le Mans circuit in the cold conditions. A red flag during Free Practice 4 added further disruption to the day, but Alex made a strong start to Q1 and saw himself in contention for a transfer spot. A 1’32.774 will see Alex lining up just behind fellow rookie Brad Binder with the Honda rider eyeing progress forward with so many riders showing a similar pace.

The colder temperatures did not deter a refreshed Stefan Bradl who headed on track as soon as FP3 began. Like his teammate, Bradl suffered a fall during the session at the final corner and walked away unharmed. Cutting 0.8s off his best time from FP3 to Q1, Bradl ended the session as the 11th fastest rider. Stefan’s 1’32.861 was just a tenth of a second off starting two rows further up the grid. Working on used tyres in FP4, Bradl is ready to fight forward on Sunday.

Cal Crutchlow returned to form, battling for pole position in Q2 until the finale moments. The LCR Honda rider will start from the head of the second row as the top Honda.

Sunday’s 27-lap MotoGP race will begin at 13:00 Local Time after the Moto3 race.

Alex Marquez

18th 1'32.774

“Today we started very well in Qualifying but there was a little bit of misunderstanding about the strategy, so I wasn’t able to benefit from the slipstream like all the other riders who went faster. It was a bit of a shame but our pace is very close to everyone else so I think we can make something happen in the race. We have to be careful because the forecast is looking really cold and making a mistake will be really easy, Turn 2 will be especially important to pay attention to. The plan is to make a good start and then see what the race brings, we are close to Nakagami and this will be a good reference.”

Stefan Bradl

21st 1'32.861

“Our position is a bit disappointing but to be honest I am quite pleased with how myself and the team have been working. We had a good FP4 where we were able to do a lot with the used tyre and our pace is looking OK. With everyone so close you can gain a lot of positions with just a tenth of a second, so I was a bit unlucky to be just behind those guys ahead. We’ve been managing everything well considering we are on day four of riding. Let’s hope for good weather!”

MotoGP 2020
Qualifying Round 10   France

French GP Qualifying Classification

Dry
Humidity
45%
Track Temp
26°C
Air Temp
17°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'31.315
2 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.222
3 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.359
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.371
5 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.404
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.407
7 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.437
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.480
9 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.517
10 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.574
11 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.576
12 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.694
13 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1'32.179 Q1
14 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.235
15 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.587
16 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.805
17 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.814
18 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.822
19 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.881
20 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.907
21 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.909
22 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.658
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)
2020 Race Winner Danilo Petrucci (Ducati)