Record Breaker Lorenzo Claims Pole at Le Mans

Jorge Lorenzo sent records tumbling with another magnificent performance in qualifying at Le Mans. The world champion claimed his 63rd pole position, moving him back ahead of Valentino Rossi as the most successful qualifier of all time and in doing so, set the fastest ever lap time of the Bugatti circuit.

In a fascinating conclusion to FP3, Andrea Iannone snatched the fastest lap time away from Lorenzo after following the Yamaha in the closing minutes  but no matter how hard they tried, no-one could keep pace with the Spaniard in Q2. On his very first attempt, Jorge clocked the quickest lap of the weekend so far, a 1:32.437. Iannone did manage to lap within half a tenth of the no.99 on his second flyer but Lorenzo extended his lead back out to 0.233s moments afterwards.

While Jorge retreated to the pits, two of his challengers hit problems with Dani Pedrosa losing control of his Repsol Honda at the Dunlop chicane, leaving him powerless to prevent himself from tumbling to eleventh, while Iannone also took a costly tumble, losing the front of his Ducati at turn 12. The chief beneficiary was Marc Marquez who leapt up to second with a tremendous final sector on his last lap but Lorenzo was untouchable, becoming the first rider ever to set a sub-1:32 lap of Le Mans to confirm his place on pole.

Pol Espargaro kept up his sensational practice form to qualify fourth ahead of Andrea Dovizioso while Tech 3 teammate Bradley Smith made a welcome return to form, beating Valentino Rossi to sixth spot. Maverick Vinales starts eighth for Suzuki ahead of Cal Crutchlow with the fit-again Danilo Petrucci pushing Pedrosa out of the top ten.


2016 Monster Energy Grand Prix de France (Qualifying Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
199. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:31.975Q2
293. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team1:32.416Q2
329. Andrea IANNONEDucatiDucati Team1:32.469Q2
444. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:32.502Q2
54. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team1:32.587Q2
638. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:32.820Q2
746. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:32.829Q2
825. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:32.933Q2
935. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda1:32.963Q2
109. Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:33.102Q2
1126. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team1:33.109Q2
1241. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:33.115Q2
138. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing1:33.291Q1
1445. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:33.310Q1
1568. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiAspar MotoGP Team1:33.360Q1
1650. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiAspar MotoGP Team1:33.452Q1
176. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:34.003Q1
1843. Jack MILLERHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:34.049Q1
1919. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:34.333Q1
2053. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:34.348Q1
2176. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing1:34.455Q1