2013 Le Mans MotoGP QP Result: Lap Times Tumble in Chaotic Qualifying

Summary of qualifying and results for MotoGP:

Marc Marquez has taken his second pole position of the season following a blisteringly fast MotoGP qualifying session. The dynamic rookie fought off a stern challenge from Jorge Lorenzo, finishing a mere three hundredths of a second ahead of his newest rival and compatriot. Andrea Dovizioso caused a huge surprise by ending the session with a rapid lap that saw him snatch the final spot on the front row and trump the battered Briton Cal Crutchlow by six thousandths of a second.

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2013 Le Mans MotoGP FP4 Result: Lorenzo Responds In Red-Flagged Session

Jorge Lorenzo responded to Marc Marquez's early domination on Saturday by heading the fourth MotoGP free practice session. In doing so he went about setting the fastest lap of the weekend, which was faster than Dani Pedrosa's race lap record from last year and a tenth quicker than last year's pole position lap time. Marquez finished the session in second place despite a crash on the approach to the Dunlop chicane while Dani Pedrosa finished third ahead of Valentino Rossi, Stefan Bradl and Andrea Dovizioso.

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2013 Le Mans Moto2 FP3 Result: Rabat Edges Redding In Crash-Filled Session

Tito Rabat has finally deposed Scott Redding from the top of the Moto2 timesheets, setting the fastest time in the final session of free practice at Le Mans. The Pons Tuenti HP 40 rider put in a late charge to sit at the top of the standings, with Redding closing in at the end of the session.

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2013 Le Mans MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Dominates Saturday Morning

Scintillating Spanish rookie Marc Marquez finished FP3 half a second quicker than the rest of the MotoGP field. The Repsol Honda rider's stunning lap time of 1:33.600 was close to the pole position time of last years French grand prix. Jorge Lorenzo finished in second place followed by the third of the championship contenders Dani Pedrosa. Ducati continued their impressive showing for the weekend thus far with Nicky Hayden finishing the session in fourth ahead of Cal Crutchlow and his Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso.

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2013 Le Mans Moto3 FP3 Result: Folger Heads Crash Strewn Session

A cold, damp track and bright sunshine greeted the Moto3 riders for their third practice session, in which young German charger Jonas Folger topped the time sheets. Maverick Vinales finished second, a tenth behind and some six tenths off yesterdays fastest time set by Spaniard Alex Rins, who ended FP3 in third place. Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira finished in fourth while Niccolo Antonelli rounded out the top five. 

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2013 Le Mans MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Four Fast Men, Improved Ducatis, Redding's Reign, And A Quota On Spaniards

So far, so good. That seems to be the story from the first day of practice at Le Mans. A full day of dry weather - except for the last few minutes of FP2 for the Moto3 class, where the rain turned briefly to hail, only to blow out again as quickly as it came - means that everyone had a chance to work on their race set up. With the top four separated by just 0.166 seconds, the top five are within a quarter of a second, and Alvaro Bautista, the man in ninth, is just over seven tenths from the fastest man Dani Pedrosa.

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2013 Le Mans MotoGP Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Le Mans:


Positive first day in dry conditions at Le Mans

Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, set the bar today on the first day of free practice for the GP of France, taking the top two places on the time sheet.

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2013 Le Mans Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Le Mans:


On form Redding leads the way at Le Mans

Le Mans, France - 17 May 2013: Scott Redding wasted no time in stamping his authority on proceedings during the opening day at Le Mans, topping the timesheet in both free practice session to lay down a marker for his championship rivals.

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2013 Le Mans Moto2 FP2 Practice Result: Redding Continues Reign In France

Scott Redding continues to dominate the Moto2 class at Le Mans, comfortably topping the second session of free practice in the afternoon. The young Englishman took the lead early in the session, then extended it to nearly three quarters of a second, before spending the rest of the session lapping faster than anyone else on track.

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2013 Le Mans MotoGP FP2 Practice Result: Pedrosa Leads Very Tight Field

Dani Pedrosa has maintained his spot at the top of the timesheets at Le Mans, carefully controlling the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at the French circuit. The Repsol Honda man took over the top spot with two thirds of the session gone, and kept pushing to cut his lap times and extend his lead.

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2013 Le Mans Moto3 FP2 Practice Result: Rins Tops Rain-Shortened Session

Alex Rins ended an incident-packed FP2 session for the Moto3 class on top of the timesheets, in a session cut short by the weather. The Estrella Galicia rider just edged ahead of Mapfre Aspar's Jonas Folger, while Luis Salom took third spot half a second behind Rins, and just ahead of Maverick Viñales. British rider Danny Webb ended in fifth, ahead of Niklas Ajo and Webb's Ambrogio teammate, Brad Binder.

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2013 Le Mans Moto2 FP1 Practice Result: Redding Takes Control From The Start

Scott Redding has ended the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Le Mans firmly in charge of proceedings. The Marc VDS Racing rider seized control in the first fifteen minutes of the session, and kept the lead all the way to the end.

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2013 Le Mans MotoGP FP1 Practice Result: Pedrosa Edges Lorenzo, Ducatis Show Well

Dani Pedrosa has topped the timesheets in the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Le Mans. The Repsol Honda man was strong throughout practice, and held off a late challenge from Jorge Lorenzo to take first blood in France. Lorenzo was not far off, however: on his final lap, he got to within four hundredths of Pedrosa's time, setting the scene for a very close weekend.

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2013 Le Mans Moto3 FP1 Practice Result: Viñales Takes Big Lead In Early Session

Maverick Viñales has set out his statement of intent, topping the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class with a late charge. The Spaniard deposed both Alex Rins and Jonas Folger, after Folger had controlled the second half of practice. The session got underway with a few spots of rain, but, that soon cleared up and temperatures rose dramatically towards the end of practice, meaning times dropped.

Results:

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