Andrea Dovizioso

Spain’s defending two-time world champion Marc Marquez will start from pole position for Sunday’s French MotoGP after posting the fastest qualifying time at Le Mans on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Honda rider — who is presently fourth in the title race after four rounds, 26 points behind leader Valentino Rossi — was recording his 53rd career pole, 25th in the MotoGP class and third of the current campaign.

Italian Andrea Dovizioso will start second on the grid on a Ducati with two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo, winner in Spain last time out, in third spot on a Yamaha.


Grids for Sunday’s French Motorcycling Grand Prix after qualifying on Saturday at Le Mans:


1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 1min 32.246sec, 2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) at 0.503sec, 3. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) 0.600, 4. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Honda LCR) 0.651, 5. Andrea Iannone (ITA/Ducati) 0.755, 6. Bradley Smith (GBR/Yamaha Tech3) 1.053, 7. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 1.106, 8. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 1.173, 9. Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ducati Pramac) 1.310, 10. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Suzuki) 1.419, 11. Yonny Hernandez (COL/Ducati Pramac) 1.468, 12. Pol Espargaro (ESP/Yamaha Tech3) 1.478.


1. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Honda) 1min 44.763sec, 2. Jorge Navarro (ESP/Honda) at 0.122sec, 3. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Mahindra) 0.694, 4. Jakub Kornfeil (CZE/KTM) 0.812, 5. Romano Fenati (ITA/KTM) 0.902, 6. Jules Danilo (FRA/Honda) 0.908 7. Niccolo Antonelli (ITA/Honda) 0.926, 8. Miguel Oliveira (POR/KTM) 1.248, 9. Isaac Vinales (ESP/Husqvarna) 1.471, 10. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN/Mahindra) 2.083, 11. Maria Herrera (ESP/Husqvarna) 2.122, 12. Matteo Ferrari (ITA/Mahindra) 2.211

– Agence France-Presse

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