Frenchman Zarco on pole in home MotoGP

Zarco celebrates pole with his Tech3 team pic: MotoGP.com

Johann Zarco will start from pole in his home MotoGP race after breaking the track record at Le Mans.

The Frenchman clocked a 1:31.185s which Marc Marquez could not match, and they will be joined on the front row by Danilo Petrucci.

Zarco was fastest after the first runs but was soon eclipsed by Jorge Lorenzo, who was in turn bumped off top spot by Marquez.

However, Zarco wrested provisional pole back from the Repsol Honda rider with a lap 0.130s quicker, and even though Marquez improved on his final flyer it was not enough.

The pole is the Tech3 Yamaha rider’s second of the season and fourth in his career.

Petrucci had come all the way from Qualifying 1 on his Pramac Ducati to make it three manufacturers on the front row.

Suzuki Ecstar’s Andrea Iannone will line up on Row 2 alongside the factory Ducati Team bikes of Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.

Jack Miller heads up Row 3 on his Pramac Ducati, where he will be joined by Movistar Yamaha pair Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa got out of Q1 but progressed little further to round out the top 10, from Tito Rabat (Avintia Ducati) and Aleix Espargaro (Gresini Aprilia).

Cal Crutchlow qualified 13th but is in doubt for the grand prix itself after a massive highside on his LCR Honda.

Race start is Sunday night at 2200 AEST.

Qualifying: French MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
1 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:31.185
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:31.293 0.108 / 0.108
3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:31.381 0.196 / 0.088
4 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:31.454 0.269 / 0.073
5 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:31.553 0.368 / 0.099
6 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Ducati Team Ducati 1:31.590 0.405 / 0.037
7 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:31.683 0.498 / 0.093
8 25 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:31.784 0.599 / 0.101
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:31.900 0.715 / 0.116
10 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:32.024 0.839 / 0.124
11 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:32.049 0.864 / 0.025
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:32.455 1.270 / 0.406
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:32.315 Q1 / Q1
14 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:32.397 Q1 / 0.082
15 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:32.401 Q1 / 0.004
16 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:32.770 Q1 / 0.369
17 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:32.795 Q1 / 0.025
18 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:32.988 Q1 / 0.193
19 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:33.062 Q1 / 0.074
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:33.324 Q1 / 0.262
21 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:33.439 Q1 / 0.115
22 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:33.676 Q1 / 0.237
23 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:33.802 Q1 / 0.126
24 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:33.839 Q1 / 0.037

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