Even a crash during Q2 couldn’t stop Marc Marquez from claiming his third pole position from five races, teammate Lorenzo taking a season-best eighth.

Wet and cold conditions, the track just 14°C and a brisk air temperature of 12°C, provided a gloomy welcome to the Le Mans circuit for Saturday’s running. Both Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo remained competitive, finishing second and seventh respectively.

Conditions remained equally treacherous in FP4, Marquez suffering a harmless fall at Turn 9 early in the session. The reigning World Champion went on to set the fastest time of the session, completely unphased by the off.

Rain returned to the 4.2 km long Le Mans circuit the same moment as pit lane opened for Q2. A second fall of the day, this time at Turn 6, after setting his fastest lap could not stop Marquez taking pole position for the French GP, his third pole from five races. Marquez’s 55th premier class pole draws him level with Valentino Rossi and just three behind Mick Doohan’s record 58 premier class poles.

Saturday in France presented Jorge Lorenzo with new conditions to learn on the Honda RC213V. Lorenzo and his Repsol Honda Team crew were able to adapt well, getting faster with each lap and claiming eighth place on the grid for Sunday’s race – his best grid position of the year. The result continues Lorenzo’s steady improvements over the course of the French GP.

Tomorrow’s 27-lap French Grand Prix will take place at 14:00 local time, the weather forecast remaining unpredictable. The race presents Honda with the first opportunity to seal their 300th premier class victory.

Marc Marquez

1st 1'40.952

“Today was one of those days! The conditions meant you didn’t know if a slick or a wet tyre would be best with the light rain, it was really difficult. In Qualifying we knew we had to push on the first lap when there was the least water on track. Then with more water on track it got more difficult. I’m happy with this pole because it was a day where you could easily start from the back if you weren’t careful. Now we see what the weather does tomorrow!”

Jorge Lorenzo

8th 1'42.067

“Very tricky conditions, especially in Qualifying today. There was one sector where it was full wet with no grip and then the others were almost dry – it was tough to stay on the bike. We could have made the front two rows I think but I chose to use the soft tyre first and the medium second, with the medium first I think we could have achieved more. But we have achieved our best position of the year, that’s the positive.”

MotoGP 2019
Qualifying Round 5   France

French Grand Prix Qualification Results

Wet
Humidity
82%
Track Temp
17°C
Air Temp
15°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'40.952
2 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.360
3 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.414
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.600
5 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.703
6 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.729
7 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.107
8 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.115
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.498
10 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1.557
11 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.603
12 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM No Time Set
13 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'39.982 Q1
14 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.047
15 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.132
16 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.403
17 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.500
18 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.624
19 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.724
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.369
21 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.735
22 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.804
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)