MotoGP, Grand Prix de France, Marquez conquers 25th premier class pole with impressive 8th for Pedrosa


Today in qualifying for the GP of France, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez stormed to an impressive pole position – half a second faster than second place Dovizioso. His teammate, Dani Pedrosa, who has just returned back from injury, put in a valiant effort and earned himself and third row start for tomorrow’s 28 lap race. Brief rain showers created mixed conditions in FP4 but gave the riders an opportunity to test the wet weather settings on their bikes. However, by the time Q2 began the track was almost completely dry. Marc took provisional pole on his first exit and then on his final lap he was able to improve by over 0.7s – with his time of 1’32.246 – to secure his front spot start, at the circuit where he achieved his first ever pole in GP racing in 2009 (125cc). Dani, who was 3rd fastest in the wet / dry FP4 session continued to build his confidence since his six week absence and took 8th for tomorrow with his time of 1’33.419. The race will begin at 14h00 local time. (

Marc Marquez – 1ST  1’32.246

Every time that we have gone out on track this weekend we have made bigunnamed changes, in order to decide which direction to take things with the setup. In qualifying we used the best setup that we had found. We were lucky that the track was in good condition which allowed me to ride normally. I am happy with pole position and tomorrow a tough race awaits us, because Jorge especially has a very good pace. We will try to be as close to him as we can!

Dani Pedrosa – 8TH  1’33.419

This first qualifying session back has not gone badly. We could have goneunnamed (1) a little faster but in the end I didn’t quite manage it. The positive news is that today I am feeling a little better physically than yesterday and that’s a good thing!

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’32.246
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1’32.749
3 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’32.846
4 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR CWM LCR Honda 1’32.897
5 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 1’33.001
6 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’33.299
7 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’33.352
8 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’33.419
9 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing 1’33.556
10 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’33.665
11 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing 1’33.714
12 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’33.724
13 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’34.245
14 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA Aspar MotoGP Team 1’34.267
15 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’34.551
16 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Athina Forward Racing 1’34.575
17 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing 1’34.833
18 MILLER Jack 43 AUS CWM LCR Honda 1’34.858
19 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing 1’34.870
20 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing 1’34.940
21 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team 1’34.947
22 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing 1’35.456
23 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’35.458