Saturday in Le Mans leaves Repsol Honda wanting more

Saturday in Le Mans leaves Repsol Honda wanting more

10.10.2020: Grand Prix de France MotoGP 2020 Round 10 Ever-changing conditions made for a demanding day in France, Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl adapting throughout the day and pleased with the work done in Free Practice 4.


Grand Prix de France
MotoGP 2020   Round 10




Ever-changing conditions made for a demanding day in France, Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl adapting throughout the day and pleased with the work done in Free Practice 4.



Times were immediately faster despite the cold conditions on Saturday morning, riders setting their best times of the weekend just a few laps into Free Practice 3. Conditions would continue to improve throughout the day, track temperature more than doubling between FP3 and Qualifying.


Alex Marquez was able to keep the pace and improved his lap time on multiple occasions throughout the first session to remain in top-ten contention. Unfortunately, the MotoGP rookie was the victim of a harmless crash at Turn 3, typical of the Le Mans circuit in the cold conditions. A red flag during Free Practice 4 added further disruption to the day, but Alex made a strong start to Q1 and saw himself in contention for a transfer spot. A 1’32.774 will see Alex lining up just behind fellow rookie Brad Binder with the Honda rider eyeing progress forward with so many riders showing a similar pace.


The colder temperatures did not deter a refreshed Stefan Bradl who headed on track as soon as FP3 began. Like his teammate, Bradl suffered a fall during the session at the final corner and walked away unharmed. Cutting 0.8s off his best time from FP3 to Q1, Bradl ended the session as the 11th fastest rider. Stefan’s 1’32.861 was just a tenth of a second off starting two rows further up the grid. Working on used tyres in FP4, Bradl is ready to fight forward on Sunday.


Cal Crutchlow returned to form, battling for pole position in Q2 until the finale moments. The LCR Honda rider will start from the head of the second row as the top Honda.



Sunday’s 27-lap MotoGP race will begin at 13:00 Local Time after the Moto3 race.   
    


       
Alex Marquez  73
18TH  1'32.774



“Today we started very well in Qualifying but there was a little bit of misunderstanding about the strategy, so I wasn’t able to benefit from the slipstream like all the other riders who went faster. It was a bit of a shame but our pace is very close to everyone else so I think we can make something happen in the race.


 We have to be careful because the forecast is looking really cold and making a mistake will be really easy, Turn 2 will be especially important to pay attention to. The plan is to make a good start and then see what the race brings, we are close to Nakagami and this will be a good reference.”         

    
       
Stefan Bradl  6
21ST  1'32.861



“Our position is a bit disappointing but to be honest I am quite pleased with how myself and the team have been working. We had a good FP4 where we were able to do a lot with the used tyre and our pace is looking OK.



 With everyone so close you can gain a lot of positions with just a tenth of a second, so I was a bit unlucky to be just behind those guys ahead. We’ve been managing everything well considering we are on day four of riding. Let’s hope for good weather!”         

    
       
    
    French GP Qualifying Classification




1    QUARTARARO Fabio     20    FRA    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha    1'31.315
2    MILLER Jack     43    AUS    Pramac Racing    Ducati    0.222
3    PETRUCCI Danilo     9    ITA    Ducati Team    Ducati    0.359
4    CRUTCHLOW Cal     35    GBR    LCR Honda    Honda    0.371
5    VINALES Maverick     12    SPA    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    0.404
6    DOVIZIOSO Andrea     4    ITA    Ducati Team    Ducati    0.407
7    BAGNAIA Francesco     63    ITA    Pramac Racing    Ducati    0.437
8    ESPARGARO Pol     44    SPA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    0.480
9    ZARCO Johann     5    FRA    Esponsorama Racing    Ducati    0.517
10    ROSSI Valentino     46    ITA    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    0.574
11    MORBIDELLI Franco     21    ITA    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha    0.576
12    OLIVEIRA Miguel     88    POR    Red Bull KTM Tech 3    KTM    0.694
13    NAKAGAMI Takaaki     30    JPN    LCR Honda    Honda    1'32.179 Q1
14    MIR Joan     36    SPA    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    0.235
15    ESPARGARO Aleix     41    SPA    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia    0.587
16    RINS Alex     42    SPA    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    0.805
17    BINDER Brad     33    RSA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    0.814
18    MARQUEZ Alex     73    SPA    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    0.822
19    SMITH Bradley     38    GBR    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia    0.881
20    LECUONA Iker     27    SPA    Red Bull KTM Tech 3    KTM    0.907
21    BRADL Stefan     6    GER    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    0.909
22    RABAT Tito     53    SPA    Esponsorama Racing    Ducati    1.658
    
 
 

    
    
 Repsol Honda Team - MotoGP, also photos

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