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2016 Le Mans Moto2 FP2 Result: Zarco Edges Luthi and Folger

Johann Zarco has taken charge of his home round of Moto2, the reigning champion upping the pace at the end of the afternoon to top the timesheets at Le Mans. The Frenchman just sneaked ahead of Tom Luthi, the Swiss rider having a good first day in Le Mans. Jonas Folger grabbed third spot, the last of the riders to finish close to Zarco, while others struggled.

2016 Le Mans MotoGP FP2 Result: Lorenzo Leads Dash For Q2

Jorge Lorenzo put in a typically dominant display at Le Mans, taking top spot in the second session of free practice by a comfortable margin. The Movistar Yamaha rider was quick throughout, but upped his pace in the final ten minutes, as the entire field headed out for an assault on the top ten places, and passage through to Q2.

2016 Le Mans Moto3 FP1 Result: Binder Takes Charge

Brad Binder has topped the timesheets after the first day of practice at Le Mans. The Red Bull Ajo KTM rider made solid strides in the second session of free practice, his speed increasing all the way to the end of the session. In the final minutes, Binder put in a scorching lap to take the top spot.

2016 Le Mans Moto2 FP1 Result: Corsi Impresses, Leads Rins and Folger

Simone Corsi put in an impressive charge to top the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class. The Speed Up rider took advantage of the cooler conditions, which suit the Italian-made bike, to just edge Alex Rins on the HP 40 Kalex. Jonas Folger ended the session in third, a tenth off the pace of Corse, and fractionally faster than Tom Luthi, who finished in fourth. Lorenzo Baldassari took fifth spot, just ahead of reigning world champion Johann Zarco. The Frenchman was under a third of a second slower than Corsi at his home round.

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2016 Le Mans MotoGP FP1 Result: Pedrosa Leads Lorenzo as Ducatis Sprout More Wings

Dani Pedrosa has topped the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Le Mans, both Repsol Hondas putting in a burst of speed at the end of the session. Pedrosa pushed late to edge ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, after the Movistar Yamaha rider had led for much of the session. Marc Marquez took third spot, making a similar leap to his Repsol Honda teammate, and just nudge Andrea Dovizioso into 4th on the Ducati.

KTM Press Release: Development Continues on MotoGP Bike at Misano

KTM continued their testing, completing a three-day test at Misano with test riders Mika Kallio and Karel Abraham. Afterwards, the Austrian manufacturer issued the following press release:


No resting with testing – KTM MotoGP test in Misano

MotoGP Test 2016 – Misano (2016)

2016 Le Mans MotoGP Preview - Viñales' Indecision, Michelin Rubber, And Yamaha vs Ducati

MotoGP at Le Mans is a weekend filled with anticipation. Anticipation of much-vaunted moves, with fans and media eagerly awaiting a decision from Maverick Viñales on his future. Anticipation of further negotiations, with the rest of the MotoGP and Moto2 grids eagerly awaiting a decision from Maverick Viñales on his future, so that they know which seats might be open for them. Anticipation – and for riders such as Scott Redding, trepidation – at the tires, front and rear, which Michelin have brought to Le Mans, and how different (and hopefully better) they will be from the tires which appeared at Austin and Jerez, which caused problems for so many riders. And anticipation of what the notoriously fickle weather will do at Le Mans.

To start with the last question first, the weather actually looks like being utterly glorious all weekend. Not Mugello or Barcelona style heat, but sunny, dry, and warm. Even the morning sessions should be warm, giving the teams a chance to try all of the tires Michelin have brought to Le Mans (three different fronts, three different rears), and make a fair assessment of them. For the first time this year, the weather gods are smiling unequivocally on MotoGP.

From the last question to the first, what of the big announcements expected at Le Mans? For the moment, it looks like everything is on hold. That is Maverick Viñales' fault, as the talented young Spaniard is struggling to make a decision between Yamaha and Suzuki. The Yamaha one-two in Jerez had given him food for thought, he told reporters, but then at the test the next day, he found himself close to the front, and among the fastest on race pace. "This makes me think a lot," the Suzuki rider said. "If we can take everything from the test, we can be there."

2016 Le Mans Moto2 & Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of the French Grand Prix at Le Mans:


Morbidelli and Márquez hoping for podium chance in France

Racing to a first Moto2 World Championship podium of 2016 will be the top priority for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Franco Morbidelli and Álex Márquez this weekend when they tackle the legendary Le Mans track in France.

Morbidelli is still seeking his first top three finish in the famous livery of the Belgium-based squad, having come close to securing a podium in three of the opening four races.

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