Marc Marquez Bounces Back After Early Crashes, Bagnaia on Pole

May 13, 2023Ray Milton
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MotoGP qualifying at the French GP at Le Mans has concluded and championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) secured pole. Marc Marquez (Team HRC) takes P2 is his first qualifying session back form injury since Portugal. Marquez seemed to be cruising to what would have been his 65th pole position but Bganai had other plans. Luca Marini rouded out the top three falling 0.137s behind Bagnaia. Jack Miller (KTM Racing) who ran fastest in FP2 fell 3 tenths behind Bagnaia earning him a best P4 in Q2. Miller and Bagnaia had engine issues in the session.

2021 world champion Fabio Quartararo failed to make it to Q2 and will start 13th on the grid for the Sprint and Grand Prix. Otherwise the session was mostly uneventful. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) crashed at Turn 1 with a few minutes behind the end of the session. Espargaro walked away from the incident without major injury and the yellow flags were withdrawn. Many riders failed to find pace after tire changes resulting in their early times standing for final qualifying. Complete qualifying results are below.

Full Qualifying Results

2023 French MotoGP | Le Mans, France | Qualifying Results | Round 5 of 20
1Pecco BagnaiaITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 30.705
2Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 30.763
3Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 30.842
4Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 30.984
5Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 31.023
6Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.120
7Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 31.173
8Alex MarquezESPGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 31.275
9Johann ZarcoFRAPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 31.298
10Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 31.445
11Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.523
12Augusto FernandezESPGasGas Factory Tech 3KTM RC161m 31.596
13Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 31.366
14Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 31.545
15Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 31.718
16Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 31.810
17Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 31.886
18Alex RinsESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 31.959
19Danilo PetrucciITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 32.092
20Lorenzo SavadoriITACryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 32.410
21Jonas FolgerGERGasGas Factory Tech 3KTM RC161m 33.804
*Raul Fernandez (CryptoData RNF Racing) withdrew from the competition.

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