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Cal Crutchlow will undergo a further medical examination on Sunday morning to decide whether or not he is able to race at Le Mans. The Monster Energy Tech 3 rider crashed on the exit of La Chapelle corner during Saturday’s final practice session.
Stefan Bradl was both pleased and relieved to have qualified fifth at Le Mans, missing out on a front row placing by just 31 thousandths of a second.
Power Electronics Aspar made its own piece in history in qualifying for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, seeing two CRT-specification bikes into the Q2 shootout of qualifying for the first time.
Both Repsol Honda Team riders suffered falls at Le Mans on Saturday, just as they had on qualifying day in Jerez two weeks ago. Marc Marquez went on to seal a second MotoGP™ pole position whereas Dani Pedrosa qualified sixth in France.
MotoGP™ World Champion Jorge Lorenzo will line up second on the grid at Le Mans, having missed out on pole position to championship leader Marc Marquez by the narrow margin of three hundredths of a second. Teammate Valentino Rossi will have a larger challenge as he comes from eighth at the start.
Andrea Dovizioso achieved his first front row position on a Ducati Team motorcycle by achieving third place in Qualifying for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. After the session, the Italian admitted that the result was not expected.
Marc Marquez has collected a second MotoGP™ pole position for this weekend’s Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. The championship leader beat current title holder Jorge Lorenzo by just three hundredths of a second as Andrea Dovizioso celebrated his first front row for Ducati Team. Jerez winner Dani Pedrosa will start sixth after crashing.
Marc Marquez posted the quickest lap time of the Le Mans weekend so far as third practice was staged on Saturday morning. The championship leader moved in front of Jorge Lorenzo and Friday pace-setter Dani Pedrosa as the first ten Q2 participants were revealed. Several riders crashed at Turn 3.
MotoGP™ Safety Advisor Loris Capirossi shared his thoughts with motogp.com about the Jerez last corner incident with Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo, following much talk and discussion since arriving at Le Mans.
Ducati Team ended the first day of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France weekend in seventh and eighth positions, leaving both Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden in confident moods.
Cal Crutchlow admitted his frustration after the opening two practice sessions at Le Mans. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider finished the day in sixth position, but went on to state that he is not feeling well and that his bike was handling badly.
Karel Abraham was back in action as Friday practice took place for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, but admits that he had expected to be in better shape.
Dani Pedrosa had hoped for a dry start to the Le Mans weekend and was happy to have one on Friday, setting the pace ahead of a projected wet Saturday.
Stefan Bradl was in a more confident mood following the opening pair of practice sessions at Le Mans, having ended the day fifth fastest and only two and a half tenths of a second off Dani Pedrosa’s leading time for Repsol Honda Team.
Valentino Rossi was upbeat following the opening day of practice for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, although Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Jorge Lorenzo was somewhat less content with his day’s work.
Fresh from his win in the Spanish Grand Prix, Dani Pedrosa topped both Friday practice sessions at Le Mans ahead of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. The Repsol Honda Team rider led teammate Marc Marquez and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi as less than three tenths of a second covered the top five riders.
Jerez race winner Dani Pedrosa has maintained his form by topping Friday’s first practice session for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. In completely dry conditions, the Repsol Honda Team rider led Yamaha Factory Racing duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.
The Monster Energy Grand Prix de France sees Michele Pirro appearing on the MotoGP™ grid for the second consecutive race - this time as he substitutes for Ben Spies.
Cal Crutchlow has refused to speculate on his future, while the Le Mans paddock is rife with talk that the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider could be replaced in the team next year.
The Le Mans weekend kicked off on Thursday with the official pre-race press conference for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. It was not a great surprise to those present that the hot topic remained the last-corner clash of the Spanish Grand Prix between Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez, who sat together on their flight back from Jerez.