Front row start for Márquez in France

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The World Championship leader will start from second on the grid for the fifth round of the season, and teammate Dani Pedrosa will take off from 10th place.

Marc Márquez saluda desde la moto
Front row start for Márquez in France

The asphalt offers fantastic grip, which gives you great confidence


Marc Márquez

The Repsol Honda team rider went faster than the previous circuit record and was only 108 thousandths of a second off pole position, taken by home rider Johann Zarco.

Dani Pedrosa was second in Q1, gaining access to Q2. In that session he set the tenth fastest time.

Both riders crashed in FP3, in which Márquez placed second and Pedrosa fourteenth. In FP4 they finished third and tenth, respectively.

Marc Márquez

“Qualifying went very well. I expected to be fast but ’31.2 was really fast. Of course, Johann [Zarco] had something extra today and that made him even faster! He deserves this pole. On our side we’re very, very happy because this track is one of the worst for us and, even though we’re still struggling a bit, we’re up there and that’s the important part. This morning we had a small tumble and in general, over the weekend, we’ve seen many crashes for several riders. The asphalt offers fantastic grip, which gives you great confidence, so you lean too much and push too much, but ultimately risk a crash. In the morning with cooler temperatures, but also in the afternoon on new tyres, it’s important to wait for the tyre to be ready before pushing hard. It’s something to take into account for tomorrow. Today we tried many different tyres, but we haven’t made our choice yet. It’ll be important to choose the best compound and then try to manage the race well. I think that the biggest challenge tomorrow will be Dovizioso. He’s not on the front row but tomorrow he’ll be there.”


Dani Pedrosa

“The lap times were very tight and the differences very small. It’s a matter of tenths, but those tenths count a lot. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to make a good qualifying lap, so I’m not very pleased with the result and, in general, with our weekend here so far. We’ll work hard this evening and look for a solution. At the moment we’re losing a little bit everywhere, and at the end this creates quite a gap in such a tight field. Looking at the positives, if we’re able to make a step forward, we should be able to improve our speed around the entire track. Let’s see what we’re be able to do and tomorrow we’ll totally focus on the race.”

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