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  • MotoGP French GP: Jorge Martin Takes Pole Position & Wins Sprint Race at Le Mans

  • The Round 5 of MotoGP 2024, Michelin® Grand Prix de France took place at Bugatti Circuit Le Mans, France on May 11, 2024.


    In Qualifying, Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) took his second pole position this season with a new lap record after crashing in the latter part of the session, following QatarGP.
    Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) crashed while under the lap record, and finally kept 2nd position behind Jorge Martin by 0.192s. This marks his first front row start of 2024 season.
    Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing) returned to the front row and took 3rd position.
    Fabio Di Giannantonio (VR46 Ducati), Marco Bezzecchi (VR46 Ducati) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) will start on the second row.
    Local hero Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) was 8th behind rookie Pedro Acosta (Red Bull GASGAS Tech3) and ahead of former team-mate Franco Morbidelli (Pramac Ducati).
  • In the Sprint Race, pole sitter Jorge Martin dominate the race, and led all 13 laps. He took his 12th career sprint victory.
    Marc Marquez (Gresini Ducati) leaped from 13th on the grid and finished 2nd after a late crash for Marco Bezzecchi.
    Maverick Vinales kept 3rd in the face of late pressure from Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo).
    Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) penalised with a double long-lap penalty for jumping the start while in 3rd place, and finished 5th ahead of rookie Pedro Acosta.
    Francesco Bagnaia had a big snap under breaking for Turn 7 on lap 3 and ran into the gravel, end up finishing the race for his third DNF this year.
    Local heroes Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco (LCR Honda) were 10th and 13th, respectively.
  • Jorge Martin said, “It was a really nice race. I did a great start and then I tried to push a lot. I tried to put all my pace out there on the track. But Marco was quite strong, he was trying to keep that gap [close], so I had to push a bit too much! And then finally he forced the crash. From that point, I just tried to manage the distance with the Marc and make it to the end. It wasn't easy making those lap times. I think the pace [tomorrow] won't be the same because today was a bit too much. I think I cannot make 27 laps in this pace, but if we manage to be in first we can do a really strong race and really fast race. We have to understand the forecast and be prepared for every situation, for whatever comes. Try to make it to the end and get some points.”


    Michelin® Grand Prix de France Qualifying Results

    1. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / 1'29.919s

    2. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +0.192s

    3. Maverick Vinales / Aprilia Racing / +0.394s

    4. Fabio Di Giannantonio / VR46 Ducati / +0.517s

    5. Marco Bezzecchi / VR46 Ducati / +0.634s

    6. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +0.653s

    7. Pedro Acosta / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / +0.731s

    8. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +0.767s

    9. Franco Morbidelli / Pramac Ducati / +0.863s

    10. Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / +0.867s

    11. Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +1.088s

    12. Miguel Oliveira / Trackhouse Aprilia / +1.156s

    13. Marc Marquez / Gresini Ducati / 1'30.586s

    14. Raul Fernandez / Trackhouse Aprilia / 1'30.676s

    15. Johann Zarco / LCR Honda / 1'30.891s

    16. Alex Rins / Monster Yamaha / 1'31.067s

    17. Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / 1'31.148s

    18. Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / 1'31.186s

    19. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 1'31.274s

    20. Augusto Fernandez / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / 1'31.473s

    21. Luca Marini / Repsol Honda / 1'31.837s

    22. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / 1'32.228s


    Michelin® Grand Prix de France Sprint Race Results

    1. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / 19m 49.694s

    2. Marc Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +2.280s

    3. Maverick Vinales / Aprilia Racing / +4.174s

    4. Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / +4.798s

    5. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +7.698s

    6. Pedro Acosta / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / +9.185s

    7. Fabio Di Giannantonio / VR46 Ducati / +11.190s

    8. Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +11.516s

    9. Raul Fernandez / Trackhouse Aprilia / +12.257s

    10. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +12.699s

    11. Miguel Oliveira / Trackhouse Aprilia / +13.492s

    12. Franco Morbidelli / Pramac Ducati / 15.578s

    13. Johann Zarco / LCR Honda / +16.439s

    14. Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +16.816s

    15. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +16.969s

    16. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +19.123s

    17. Augusto Fernandez / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / +23.618s

    18. Luca Marini / Repsol Honda / +27.854s

    Photo by MotoGP
  • source : MotoGP
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