MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2019 Le Mans MotoGP Race Result: Runaway Train Never Going Back

The premier class race was always going to have the most tense build up, necks straining while looking to the sky (or high mounted garage monitors) for a hint at which way the weather would go. The rain gods were kind in the end and did not provide the setting for any drama on the 50th anniversary of the first Grand Prix held at Le Mans. Despite high home hopes, the locals had to celebrate the occasion by saluting Marc Marquez as he casually strolled to a dominating victory – the 300th for Honda in the premier class. With Honda grabbing the limelight, Ducati settled for some damage limitation in the championship with Andrea Dovizioso fending off teammate Danilo Petrucci for podium crumbs.

A runaway win did not mean there was no drama and it started extra early when Joan Mir and Karel Abraham parallel crashed on cold tyres on the warm up lap. An unusual sight, which also explained the almost unanimous choice of soft tyres despite limited track time on it. Amongst the people who did make the start as scheduled, Petrucci’s holeshot device worked to perfection into turn one but the poleman swiftly retrieved the lead in the next turn. With the front row configuration restored, Valentino Rossi benefitted from Dovizioso’s underwhelming start to jump to fourth, while the Ducati man dropped to seventh, behind Pol Espargaro and Franco Morbidelli. Dovizioso quickly started his comeback but all eyes were at the front, where it was all action between the leading trio on the first couple of laps. Marquez was being hounded by Petrucci and Miller but retaliated on every attack and by lap three was attempting an escape. Miller was not keen on that and picked up the chase from Petrucci, the Italian losing another couple of places to Rossi and Dovizioso by running slightly off track.

By lap four, Marquez took Miller on a roadtrip at the front, while Dovizioso picked up the chase from Rossi, the compatriots one second down already. But always the showmen, the leading duo got all the attention as Miller put a move on Marquez in turn two only to find himself under assault from the world champion on the next couple of laps, which allowed the two chasers to edge ever closer. One second back on the fearsome foursome, Pol Espargaro was enjoying some well deserved airtime in the chasing group, keeping up with Petrucci, Morbidelli and Crutchlow. At the other end of the scale, Maverick Vinales paid the price for his poor qualifying position on lap seven, when he was the unfortunate victim of Pecco Bagnaia’s crash in turn 12.

Lap ten seemed to serve the calm before the storm, Marquez getting half second’s breathing space from Miller, while Dovizioso struggled to find a way past the sister machine of the Pramac rider. However, Rossi seemed to show the first signs of weakness, the Doctor losing one second to the trio ahead and having to fend off a resurging Petrucci. The Yamaha eventually surrendered to the Ducati into turn three but Petrucci was left with a two second gap to bridge to his teammate. Meanwhile, Espargaro lost a second to the Italians ahead but was still resisting the advances of Morbidelli and Crutchlow.

By the halfway mark of proceedings it was becoming clear there was not going to be a storm, as Marquez built up a lead of a second and a half from Miller, who was still not yielding to his factory colleague. As the leaders settled their pace, cameras turned to a battle that should have been taking place about ten places higher – the one between Fabio Quartararo and Alex Rins. The Frenchman made the best of a difficult day after being pushed wide on lap three and eventually found himself engaged in battle for tenth position with an underwhelming Rins. The fight was feisty but brief, Quartararo gapping the Spaniard as soon as he found a way past and showing better pace than the leader in his chase of his next victim, Jorge Lorenzo.

Back at the front(ish), Dovizioso finally moved into second place with 11 laps remaining but his pit board was showing a three seconds gap to the leader, Marquez dropping low to mid 1:32s like they were ice-cream at the height of summer in Jerez. Miller’s podium charge faded with seven laps to go, when he surrendered third to Petrucci and started to be reeled in by Rossi’s newfound pace. Meanwhile, Quartararo put an end to the cat and mouse game with Lorenzo and was the fastest man on track, albeit down in ninth.

The final five laps started asking questions of the soft tyres forced upon riders by the temperatures and while Marquez’s answer was aided by the four second gap he had to play with, it wasn’t as easy for his pursuers. Dovizioso needed to keep his head extra cool with Petrucci, Miller and Rossi glued to his salad box and the Italian had a hard job defending second place. The podium battle was focused on the two factory Ducatis for the last three laps as Miller and Rossi were posting personal best times just to keep up. Petrucci had to wait until the final lap to make a decisive move but the right time never came and he had to settle for third - his first podium for Ducati. Miller and Rossi completed the top five, while Pol Espargaro rode one of the best races for KTM on his way to sixth, only three seconds off the podium battle. Morbidelli came home in a safe seventh place, while Quartararo got the better of Crutchlow on the penultimate lap to save his day after his early misfortunes. Rins completed the top ten, limiting the damage in the championship as well as he could after an underwhelming weekend.

Marquez not only took off at the front in Le Mans but also gained a bit of ground in the world championship standings, leading Dovizioso by eight points ahead of the Italian’s home race. Alex Rins keeps third, 20 points off the leader and with Rossi another three points back. A very unlucky Vinales drops to 10th in the championship, trailing the world champion by 65 points.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 41'53.647
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +1.984
3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +2.142
4 43 Jack MILLER Ducati +2.940
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +3.053
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +5.935
7 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha +7.187
8 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha +8.439
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +9.853
10 42 Alex RINS Suzuki +13.709
11 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda +15.003
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +29.512
13 5 Johann ZARCO KTM +33.061
14 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM +35.481
15 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +36.044
16 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1 Lap
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  30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 9 Laps
  29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 19 Laps
  12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 21 Laps
  63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 21 Laps
  53 Tito RABAT Ducati 25 Laps
  17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 0 Lap
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2019 Le Mans Moto2 Race Result: It’s Been A Long Long Wait


Clouds were still keeping a close look on proceedings as the intermediate class was preparing for battle but rain never looked like a real threat for the second race of the day. And it would have been the only real threat to Alex Marquez, who rode a flawless race and ended a long wait for victory for both himself and Spain. At the 26th try, Marquez finally got another victory in the intermediate class and Spain went all out, claiming the entire podium with Jorge Navarro and Augusto Fernandez – the two enjoying a bit more action on track.

Experience trumped youth at the start, Tom Luthi getting away best from the front row and leading into turn one ahead of Marquez and Navarro. The poleman soon lost further ground to the second Marc VDS machine of Xavi Vierge and was getting hounded by Brad Binder, Lorenzo Baldassarri and Mattia Pasini. However, lap three spelled disaster for the Italians, Pasini getting caught up in Baldassarri’s crash and both forced into an early retirement from the race.

Marquez took control at the front at the start of lap four, after attacking Luthi into turn two and encouraging teammate Vierge to have a go at the Swiss rider soon after. The Marc VDS machines were trying to get a bit of a gap on the pursuer group led by Luthi and also comprising Simone Corsi, Navarro, Binder and Fernandez. Having started from outside the top ten on the grid, Remy Gardner was fighting to close in on the lead group and had seven tenths of a second to find on lap six. If the Australian was steadily progressing, Luthi did the opposite and was going backwards, allowing Corsi and Navarro past.

By lap eight, Marquez was unchallenged at the front, stretching half a second’s gap as Corsi attacked Vierge to pick up the chase. The Italian gave it a good go and got within three tenths of a second of the leader when he slid out at turn 13 and threw away what looked like his best performance of the season yet. That left Marquez with over a second’s advantage ahead of Navarro and Vierge, with Fernandez, Binder and Gardner not too far behind. Meanwhile, Luthi kept regressing, one second back on the chasing pack and being hunted down by teammate Marcel Schrotter in the battle for seventh.

At the halfway point of the race, both Marquez and Navarro were posting red hot laps, which meant that the gap didn’t budge too much, while Fernandez and Vierge were embroiled in an all Spanish battle for third, Binder starting to struggle behind them. The chasing pack did lose a man at this point, Gardner going down with 12 laps to go, right after posting his fastest lap. Navarro seemed to be entering the phase of the race where he thrived but a mistake dropped him into the clutches of compatriot Fernandez, who was not shy in challenging him straight away.

Marquez entered the final ten laps with a two second gap to manage and despite orange sectors from the Spanish trio behind him, the gap was very slow to come down. The orange was followed by red, Navarro posting the fastest time of the race only to have it stolen by Fernandez one lap later, who also stole his second spot when Navarro blinked and went wide in turn 8. However, the chasers’ bursts of speed were no match for the leader’s consistency in the final handful of laps and the two settled for dicing for podium spots to the checkered flag.

The final lap saw Navarro attack Fernandez into turn three on his way to reclaiming fastest lap and securing second on the podium. Binder got the best of Vierge in the last couple of laps in the battle for fourth, while Luthi settled for sixth, aided by incidents ahead. One lap longer and rookie Enea Bastianini would have turned into a real threat for the veteran rider but the Italian made do with seventh, having started 16th. Marcel Schrotter, Iker Lecuona and Nicolo Bulega completed the top ten.

Baldassarri’s misfortune reduced his advantage in the championship standings, the Italian now only seven points ahead of Luthi. Navarro is another four points behind and Marquez closed the gap to trail Baldassarri by only 14 points heading into the leader’s home race.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 40'36.428
2 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up +1.119
3 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex +1.800
4 41 Brad BINDER KTM +6.015
5 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex +7.057
6 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex +9.401
7 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex +10.095
8 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex +10.475
9 27 Iker LECUONA KTM +11.246
10 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex +17.112
11 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex +18.537
12 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up +19.817
13 10 Luca MARINI Kalex +27.815
14 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM +27.888
15 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta +49.139
16 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM +50.800
17 96 Jake DIXON KTM +51.688
18 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM +53.223
19 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +1'00.859
20 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM +1'03.717
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  77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1 Lap
  20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 4 Laps
  18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 5 Laps
  87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 12 Laps
  4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 13 Laps
  24 Simone CORSI Kalex 16 Laps
  22 Sam LOWES Kalex 17 Laps
  35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 17 Laps
  7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 24 Laps
  54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 24 Laps
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  5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 0 Lap
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2019 Le Mans Moto3 Race Result: Keep Calm And Victory Will Come


All eyes were on the sky as riders were lining up for the first race of the day in Le Mans. It was an overcast and humid morning that hinted at upcoming rain but one man who thrived in the pressure was John McPhee. The poleman ran a clever race to survive the Moto3 battlefield and grab victory in the 100th grand prix race held at Le Mans - his first one of the season and his first one in quite a while. A fine start to the day for the Petronas team but not too bad for Leopard either, Lorenzo Dalla Porta overcoming a difficult weekend with four crashes to climb into second spot on the podium. The final podium place was stolen by Aron Canet on the last lap to bring some joy in a tough weekend for his team.

Things did not look so bright for McPhee from the off, fellow front row starter Tony Arbolino getting the holeshot into turn one and taking Tatsuki Suzuki with him. The other front row starter’s excellent weekend ended out in turn ten before even completing a lap, Ai Ogura suffering a high side that was miraculously avoided by the massive chasing pack.

Despite some underwhelming qualifying performances, the usual contenders regrouped quickly after the start, which meant that Canet and Dalla Porta tagged the lead group of eight. By lap five, Niccolo Antonelli was leading the second group, two seconds down the road, with Jaume Masia and Romano Fenati also stuck out of podium contention at this point. Fenati managed to complete another handful of laps before retiring due to his ankle injury.

Back at the front, Suzuki claimed the lead and set a fast pace ahead of Arbolino, Gabriel Rodrigo, Andrea Migno, Dalla Porta, McPhee and Canet, while Marcos Ramirez was losing touch with the top group and slowly falling into the clutches of the chasers led by Antonelli. However, the Italian never got a shot at an overtake as the Spaniard crashed out in turn three on lap eight. The entire chasing group started to seem cursed, as every time someone reduced the gap, disaster struck. For Masia, that was around lap nine, when he was hit with a 2.2 seconds penalty for cutting a corner, while Antonelli and Foggia crashed out a couple of laps later while rushing to catch up with the leaders.

Migno first took a turn in the lead at the start of lap nine - the rapid turn one the scene of his assault - but it only lasted one lap, the halfway point of the race prompting battles all throughout the lead group. Dalla Porta was the next man to challenge Suzuki but the Japanese rider had none of it and almost routinely resumed the lead as the race entered its second half. Suzuki made his first real mistake with eight laps to go, running wide and allowing Dalla Porta and McPhee some airtime but regular programming was resumed soon after.

However, disaster struck again for the SIC58 team with six laps remaining, when Suzuki made his second slightly bigger mistake, losing the rear at turn 3 and collecting an unlucky Arbolino. Despite losing a couple of its main actors, the lead group didn’t have it any easier as some new protagonists showed up to the party, Kaito Toba bridging the gap from the second group and promptly attacking the weakest link amongst the leaders, which happened to be Rodrigo.

For the final three laps, Migno, McPhee and Dalla Porta had stretched half a second’s gap at the front but their shenanigans allowed Toba to gallop his way to the leaders, dragging Canet and Rodrigo with him, Masia suddenly not ridiculously far behind either – while still carrying his penalty. As the race entered its final couple of laps, the main pack merged to 12 riders but it looked too late to strike from outside the top four positions.

Dalla Porta entered the final lap in the lead, but it proved a vulnerable position as McPhee attacked into turn 9 and secured the win. Contact between Canet and Toba precluded one final shot at victory but the Spaniard was victorious in the battle for third. Rodrigo lost out on podium positions but would have been happy to finally finish a race at Le Mans. Migno and Toba would have been disappointed with fifth and sixth after such strong chances of a podium, while Celestino Vietti, Kazuki Masaki, Jekub Kornfeil and Raul Fernandez did not get much airtime but completed the top ten. Masia crossed the line eighth but dropped to 12th following his time penalty.

Canet’s decent points haul extends his lead in the championship, 14 points ahead of Dalla Porta and another 3 ahead of Antonelli. Toba climbs into fourth, ahead of Masia, the Spaniard now a whole race win’s worth of points behind the leader.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 17 John MCPHEE Honda 37'48.689
2 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda +0.106
3 44 Aron CANET KTM +0.757
4 19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda +0.978
5 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +1.201
6 27 Kaito TOBA Honda +1.410
7 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM +1.451
8 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM +1.636
9 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM +1.848
10 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM +2.049
11 75 Albert ARENAS KTM +2.663
12 5 Jaume MASIA KTM +3.748
13 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM +11.812
14 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda +11.896
15 12 Filip SALAC KTM +30.511
16 61 Can ONCU KTM +32.544
17 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM +40.026
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  7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 5 Laps
  21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 5 Laps
  24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 5 Laps
  14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 6 Laps
  77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 7 Laps
  23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 8 Laps
  55 Romano FENATI Honda 13 Laps
  42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 15 Laps
  54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda 16 Laps
  40 Darryn BINDER KTM 21 Laps
    Not Finished 1st Lap    
  79 Ai OGURA Honda 0 Lap
  11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 0 Lap
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2019 Le Mans MotoGP Warm Up Result: Quartararo Edges Ahead Of Marquez

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'32.483    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'32.625 0.142 0.142
3 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'32.705 0.222 0.080
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'32.861 0.378 0.156
5 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'32.963 0.480 0.102
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'33.008 0.525 0.045
7 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'33.019 0.536 0.011
8 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'33.100 0.617 0.081
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'33.125 0.642 0.025
10 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'33.202 0.719 0.077
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'33.414 0.931 0.212
12 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'33.422 0.939 0.008
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'33.462 0.979 0.040
14 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'33.511 1.028 0.049
15 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'33.688 1.205 0.177
16 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'33.692 1.209 0.004
17 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'33.872 1.389 0.180
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'33.874 1.391 0.002
19 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'34.213 1.730 0.339
20 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'34.460 1.977 0.247
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'34.812 2.329 0.352
22 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'35.883 3.400 1.071
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2019 Le Mans Moto2 Warm Up Result: Gardner Gathers The Spoils

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'37.796    
2 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'38.096 0.300 0.300
3 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'38.141 0.345 0.045
4 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'38.188 0.392 0.047
5 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'38.208 0.412 0.020
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'38.226 0.430 0.018
7 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'38.241 0.445 0.015
8 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'38.405 0.609 0.164
9 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'38.474 0.678 0.069
10 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'38.475 0.679 0.001
11 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'38.483 0.687 0.008
12 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'38.489 0.693 0.006
13 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'38.535 0.739 0.046
14 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'38.555 0.759 0.020
15 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'38.572 0.776 0.017
16 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'38.612 0.816 0.040
17 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'38.617 0.821 0.005
18 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'38.633 0.837 0.016
19 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'38.746 0.950 0.113
20 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'38.794 0.998 0.048
21 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'38.823 1.027 0.029
22 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'38.983 1.187 0.160
23 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'39.004 1.208 0.021
24 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'39.148 1.352 0.144
25 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'39.251 1.455 0.103
26 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'39.349 1.553 0.098
27 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'39.633 1.837 0.284
28 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'39.961 2.165 0.328
29 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'40.315 2.519 0.354
30 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 1'40.605 2.809 0.290
31 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'41.731 3.935 1.126
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'43.698 5.902 1.967
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2019 Le Mans Moto3 Warm Up Result: McPhee Confirms His Speed



Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'42.841    
2 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'42.911 0.070 0.070
3 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'43.146 0.305 0.235
4 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'43.261 0.420 0.115
5 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'43.296 0.455 0.035
6 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'43.312 0.471 0.016
7 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'43.313 0.472 0.001
8 44 Aron CANET KTM 1'43.391 0.550 0.078
9 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'43.392 0.551 0.001
10 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'43.401 0.560 0.009
11 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'43.412 0.571 0.011
12 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'43.438 0.597 0.026
13 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 1'43.462 0.621 0.024
14 19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'43.480 0.639 0.018
15 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'43.572 0.731 0.092
16 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'43.583 0.742 0.011
17 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'43.588 0.747 0.005
18 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'43.600 0.759 0.012
19 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'43.764 0.923 0.164
20 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'43.795 0.954 0.031
21 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'43.832 0.991 0.037
22 12 Filip SALAC KTM 1'44.029 1.188 0.197
23 54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda 1'44.108 1.267 0.079
24 55 Romano FENATI Honda 1'44.269 1.428 0.161
25 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'44.372 1.531 0.103
26 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'44.409 1.568 0.037
27 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'44.465 1.624 0.056
28 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'44.465 1.624  
29 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 1'44.988 2.147 0.523
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2019 Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying Result: Down But By No Means Out


The final session of the day kept the same pattern as their colleagues’ outings: fighting through the drizzle and hoping to go fast before the inevitable tumble. Jorge Navarro perfected that strategy, scraping through Q1 by one thousandth of a second and making good use of his track experience to score back to back pole positions – before coming off his bike quite unpleasantly in turn 8 and jogging to parc ferme.

Top Q1 qualifier Tom Luthi also managed the feat of crashing out while in provisional pole but had to settle for second once Navarro stole his thunder. With the two fastest men thoroughly testing the gravel trap, Alex Marquez kept quiet throughout the session and found himself alone in parc ferme after securing the final place on the front row.

On the second row, it’s like Mattia Pasini never left, the Italian joining the crash list but also finishing the session as the last man within a second of pole. Although quite a way off in terms of laptime, Xavi Vierge brought home a decent result in fifth, ahead of Andrea Locatelli’s excellent second row start. Lorenzo Baldassarri made a late jump from outside the top 15 to seventh, while Brad Binder waited until his final flying lap to become the top KTM on the third row, stealing that honour from an outstanding Lukas Tulovic.

Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top ten after an early crash that might not have helped his grid position or his already precarious physical condition. A fairly impressive Jake Dixon showed the way to Remy Gardner to complete row four. Despite demonstrating decent speed in practice, Sam Lowes failed to get out of Q1 following a crash and will have to fight his way back from 26th grid position.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'49.055    
2 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'49.133 0.078 0.078
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'49.585 0.530 0.452
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'49.906 0.851 0.321
5 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'50.232 1.177 0.326
6 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'50.315 1.260 0.083
7 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'50.726 1.671 0.411
8 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'50.927 1.872 0.201
9 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'51.042 1.987 0.115
10 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'51.074 2.019 0.032
11 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'51.082 2.027 0.008
12 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'51.137 2.082 0.055
13 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'51.145 2.090 0.008
14 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'51.233 2.178 0.088
15 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'52.085 3.030 0.852
16 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'52.376 3.321 0.291
17 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'52.505 3.450 0.129
18 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'52.929 3.874 0.424
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Q2 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'49.102    
Q2 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'49.442 0.340 0.340
Q2 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'49.718 0.616 0.276
Q2 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'49.736 0.634 0.018
19 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'49.748 0.646 0.012
20 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'50.297 1.195 0.549
21 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'50.571 1.469 0.274
22 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'50.972 1.870 0.401
23 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'50.981 1.879 0.009
24 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'51.313 2.211 0.332
25 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'51.855 2.753 0.542
26 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'52.016 2.914 0.161
27 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'52.268 3.166 0.252
28 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 1'52.355 3.253 0.087
29 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'52.355 3.253  
30 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'53.385 4.283 1.030
31 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'53.397 4.295 0.012
32 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'53.893 4.791 0.496
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2019 Le Mans MotoGP Qualifying Result: The Master Of Chaos, Some Of His Own Making


The weather could not make up its mind as the premier class was warming up engines in preparation for qualifying and riders had a hard time keeping up, a combination of slick and wet tyres on track at the same time in both qualifying sessions. Regardless, the correct decision, with a touch of luck, was in the happy Honda camp, Marc Marquez keeping the crash for after he posted a pole worthy lap. The Spaniard set camp at the top of the timesheets on his second lap and swiftly went down at turn six but then immediately regrouped and restarted his assault. Despite the hiccup in the world champion’s plan, the weather went his way and extra spots of rain slowed his rivals’ progress. Marquez stayed on track on his scraped and bruised machine with rain tyres and turned it into a bit of a long run while everyone else was struggling to match his 1:40 time.

Danilo Petrucci came closest by three tenths of a second while Jack Miller probably enjoyed the conditions and the end result but not as much the crash that ended his session early. Regardless, the Pramac rider got a bit of luck as rivals failed to improve and he stayed on the front row of the grid for the first time this season.

Andrea Dovizioso went under the radar on his way to fourth place, partly due to Yamaha’s adventures stealing airtime. Valentino Rossi pulled a rabbit out of the hat in Q1, gambling on slicks at the right time to gain his worthy place in Q2 with a 1.5 second advantage. But there were no more rabbits left the second time around. The Italian tried the same strategy in Q2 but it proved to be the wrong one and lost some time changing back to wet rubber on his way to fifth spot. Fellow Q1 escapee Franco Morbidelli will join his favourite teacher on the second row of the grid.

Takaaki Nakagami was the second best Honda, one second off pole and opening third row ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. Aleix Espargaro will keep the Hondas company on row three, with a rather disappointing and disappointed row four. Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales also gambled on slicks at the wrong moment and ran out of time to squeeze anything better than 10th and 11th from rain-friendly rubber. Pol Espargaro would have been even more miserable after a good performance in practice was thrown out the window by the weather and a late crash before even setting a time. One might argue there are worst things than a fourth row start though, for example 15th for Cal Crutchlow and a dismal 19th for Alex Rins, whose qualifying form betrayed him once again, aided by the conditions too.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'40.952    
2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'41.312 0.360 0.360
3 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'41.366 0.414 0.054
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'41.552 0.600 0.186
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'41.655 0.703 0.103
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'41.681 0.729 0.026
7 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'42.059 1.107 0.378
8 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'42.067 1.115 0.008
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'42.450 1.498 0.383
10 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'42.509 1.557 0.059
11 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'42.555 1.603 0.046
  44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM      
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'37.667    
Q2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'39.262 1.595 1.595
13 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'39.982 2.315 0.720
14 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'40.029 2.362 0.047
15 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'40.114 2.447 0.085
16 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'40.385 2.718 0.271
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'40.482 2.815 0.097
18 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'40.606 2.939 0.124
19 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'40.706 3.039 0.100
20 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'41.351 3.684 0.645
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'41.717 4.050 0.366
22 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'41.786 4.119 0.069
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2019 Le Mans MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez’s Gravel To Glory Routine


If the not-wet-enough not-dry-enough surface did not convince premier class riders to stick to the comfort of their garage, Marc Marquez’s early tumble on slicks definitely sent that message. If the master of changing conditions wasn’t too keen, everyone else took their time before properly sampling the conditions.

With ten minutes left on the clock, there were barely a handful of times on the board and the track only really got busy in the final five minutes. It was not much time to prove anything, other than how quickly riders could adapt to conditions and there’s only one answer to that question really: Marquez. The Spaniard set camp at the top of the standings with the only 1:39 time of the session and ended FP3 three tenths ahead of Danilo Petrucci. The Ducati was very closely followed by the Yamaha of Maverick Vinales, with Franco Morbidelli fourth, half a second off the leader all while following said leader.

Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizoso were the last men within a second of Marquez, with Pol Espargaro, Fabio Quartararo and Valentino Rossi completing the top ten. Jorge Lorenzo was one of the riders with most laps posted as he was trying to get to grips with the less grippy conditions. The jury was out as to the outcome as the Spaniard finished 13th, nearly two seconds off his teammate.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.777    
2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'40.082 0.305 0.305
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'40.087 0.310 0.005
4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'40.295 0.518 0.208
5 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'40.409 0.632 0.114
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'40.656 0.879 0.247
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'40.677 0.900 0.021
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'40.999 1.222 0.322
9 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'41.145 1.368 0.146
10 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'41.230 1.453 0.085
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'41.444 1.667 0.214
12 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'41.588 1.811 0.144
13 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'41.632 1.855 0.044
14 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'41.965 2.188 0.333
15 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'42.103 2.326 0.138
16 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'42.194 2.417 0.091
17 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'42.250 2.473 0.056
18 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'42.319 2.542 0.069
19 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'42.877 3.100 0.558
20 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'43.665 3.888 0.788
  17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati      
  43 Jack MILLER Ducati      
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2019 Le Mans Moto3 Qualifying Result: Maybe Q1 Isn’t All Bad


After rain slowed down proceedings in the final practice session, things dried up pretty quickly and the sun shone down on the Petronas Sprinta Racing team in particular. John McPhee topped the Q1 session and was fully dialled into the conditions by the time Q2 came about, the Scottish rider putting his experience to good use to snatch pole position at the very last minute.

Until that point, Tony Arbolino and Tatsuki Suzuki seemed pretty confident in their speed and swapped provisional pole for much of the session but had to admit defeat. The Italian settled for second on the grid, while the Japanese rider got demoted to the second row by compatriot and fairly impressive rookie Ai Ogura. Suzuki will be joined on row two by Gabriel Rodrigo and Marcos Ramirez – another survivor of Q1.

Niccolo Antonelli was probably hoping for better than seventh position but a late tumble in turn three did not help his case. The Italian should have been joined on row three by Raul Fernandez but the Spaniard was served a 12 place grid penalty for irresponsible riding on Friday, leaving eighth place to Kaito Toba. With Sergio Garcia also getting an identical penalty, Andrea Migno will line up on the grid next to Toba.

Makar Yurchenko recorded his best qualifying position and will open row four, once penalties are applied, ahead of Romano Fenati and Aron Canet, both quite subdued throughout qualifying. Lorenzo Dalla Porta’s day got worse as he scored his fourth crash of the weekend but row five won’t seem as bad compared to the day Jaume Masia had, struggling to get anywhere near Q2 and having to fight for his championship position from outside the top 20. Still, things could be worse – if you’re Darryn Binder and have to start last after a poor Q1 and a grid penalty.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'42.277    
2 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'42.467 0.190 0.190
3 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'42.515 0.238 0.048
4 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'42.567 0.290 0.052
5 19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'42.743 0.466 0.176
6 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 1'42.892 0.615 0.149
7 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'42.951 0.674 0.059
8 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'42.961 0.684 0.010
9 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'42.969 0.692 0.008
10 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'42.988 0.711 0.019
11 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'43.019 0.742 0.031
12 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'43.107 0.830 0.088
13 55 Romano FENATI Honda 1'43.213 0.936 0.106
14 44 Aron CANET KTM 1'43.304 1.027 0.091
15 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'43.519 1.242 0.215
16 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'43.589 1.312 0.070
17 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'43.756 1.479 0.167
18 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'43.801 1.524 0.045
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Q2 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'43.994    
Q2 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 1'44.046 0.052 0.052
Q2 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'44.353 0.359 0.307
Q2 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'44.469 0.475 0.116
19 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'44.516 0.522 0.047
20 12 Filip SALAC KTM 1'44.589 0.595 0.073
21 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'44.643 0.649 0.054
22 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'44.710 0.716 0.067
23 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'44.776 0.782 0.066
24 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'44.837 0.843 0.061
25 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'44.913 0.919 0.076
26 54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda 1'45.116 1.122 0.203
27 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'45.535 1.541 0.419
28 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'45.796 1.802 0.261
29 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 1'46.092 2.098 0.296
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