Dominant Marquez claims Le Mans pole
Marc Marquez claimed his third pole position of the MotoGP season with a dominant performance in qualifying for the French Grand Prix.
The reigning world champion set the pace from the start of the session before going on to better his time twice on his way to securing his 25th premier class pole position.
In the end, the Honda rider emerged with a personal best of 1:32.246s, which was 0.2s shy of his 2014 pole position lap at the Le Mans.
A late effort from Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso saw him shoot to second although the Italian was more than half a second adrift of Marquez.
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was unable to repeat his session topping practice pace as he completed the front row of the grid in third.
LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow will head up the second row in fourth, with the Brit narrowly ahead of Ducati’s Andrea Iannone, who is competing despite dislocating his shoulder in a testing accident earlier this week.
Bradley Smith secured sixth spot on the grid with the satellite Monster Yamaha rider eclipsing the pace of championship leader and factory rider Valentino Rossi.
Returning Honda rider Dani Pedrosa will start his first race since the season opener in Qatar from eighth, alongside Danilo Petrucci.
Aleix Espargaro emerged as the top Suzuki rider to complete the top 10.
Australia’s Jack Miller will start the fifth round of the world championship from 18th following a strong ride on the Open Class LCR Honda.
Result: MotoGP French Grand Prix Qualifying, Le Mans
|4||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||1:32.897s||+0.651s|
|6||Bradley Smith||Tech 3 Yamaha||1:33.299s||+1.053s|
|9||Danilo Petrucci||Pramac Ducati||1:33.556s||+1.310s|
|11||Yonny Hernández||Pramac Ducati||1:33.714s||+1.468s|
|12||Pol Espargaró||Tech 3 Yamaha||1:33.724s||+1.478s|
|14||Nicky Hayden||Aspar Honda||1:34.267s||+2.021s|
|15||Scott Redding||Marc VDS Honda||1:34.551s||+2.305s|
|16||Stefan Bradl||Forward Yamaha||1:34.575s||+2.329s|
|17||Mike Di Meglio||Avintia Ducati||1:34.833s||+2.587s|
|18||Jack Miller||LCR Honda||1:34.858s||+2.612s|
|19||Héctor Barberá||Avintia Ducati||1:34.870s||+2.624s|
|20||Karel Abraham||AB Honda||1:34.940s||+2.694s|
|21||Eugene Laverty||Aspar Honda||1:34.947s||+2.701s|
|22||Loris Baz||Forward Yamaha||1:35.456s||+3.210s|
|23||Álvaro Bautista||Gresini Aprilia||1:35.458s||+3.212s|
|24||Alex de Angelis||ART/Aprilia||1:35.680s||+3.434s|
|25||Marco Melandri||Gresini Aprilia||1:37.522s||+5.276s|