Monster Energy Grand Prix of France- Le Mans
Qualifying Practice – 16 May 2015
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) made a last minute charge to secure his pole grid position. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) took 2nd place from a damp-wary Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who made a mistake on what looked like being his fastest lap. Lorenzo had previously dominated on the dry track.
Cal Crutchlow (CWM LCR Honda), Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) & Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completed the 2nd row. Row 3 was filled by current championship leader Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), a returning from surgery Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) & Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Racing).
1 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’32.246
2 Andrea Dovisioso (ITA) Ducati Team Ducati +0.503
3 Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.600
Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex) secured his maiden Moto2 pole position but Sam Lowes (Speed Up Racing) dead-heated his time for the 2nd position. Lowes had sat in his garage most of the session contented with his early established fastest lap until Rins bettered it.
3rd spot went to Johann Zarco (AGR Team) a mere 1/10th sec behind, bumping the Friday’s dominating Moto2 World Champion Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Kalex) to 4th on the grid. Completing the 2nd row was the revitalised Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex) & Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing InterwettenKalex).
Jonas Folger (AGR Team Kalex) currently 2nd in the championship crashed heavily in Qualifying, severely damaging his mount, giving his Team plenty to do before he starts in 15th spot.
1 Alex RINS (SPA) Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 1’37.114
2 Sam Lowes (GBR) Speed Up Racing Honda +0.000
3 Johann Zarco (FRA) AGR Team Kalex +0.108
Weather conditions rewarded those who established early fast laps before the drizzle commenced for the Moto3 qualifying session. Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda) took pole position ahead of his team mate, Jorge Navarro. Francesco Bagnaia (Mapfre Team Mahindra) completed the 1st row, ahead of Jakob Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC), Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) and Jules Danilo (Ongetta-Rivacold) in row2.
Championship leader Danny Kent (Leopard racing Honda) failed to complete a fast lap before the rain. He from his 31st grid position and several other faster “back-markers” will be interesting to watch at the start.
1Fabio QUARTARARO (FRA) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 1’44.763
2 Jorge Navaro (SPA) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.122
3 Francesco Bagnaia (ITA) Mapfre Team Mahindra Mahindra +0.694