MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Le Mans Moto2 Race Result: Start As You Mean To Go On

After a capricious weekend at Le Mans, the intermediate class got to enjoy a dry race without the threat of rain but it was a double-edged sword, as they had enjoyed limited dry track time throughout the weekend. Regardless, first-time poleman Raul Fernandez was not intimidated by the conditions and rode a perfect race to score his second victory of the season ahead of Remy Gardner, the Australian returning to the podium after a blip in Jerez, although he fought hard to keep his championship lead by only one point from his impressive rookie teammate.  Marco Bezzecchi had no answer to the late pace of the Red Bull KTM Ajo machines and had to settle for the final podium position.

Bezzechi had made the better start off the line from poleman Fernandez and with Aron Canet and Joe Roberts trading third place early on, but a mid-pack contact between Gardner and Xavi Vierge at turn 3 allowed a handful of riders to stretch a bit of a gap at the front, dropping Gardner to 9th. Bezzecchi in turn stretched a slight gap to Raul Fernandez and namesake Augusto Fernandez, but the leaders’ group soon got halved after a big tumble at turn 9 for Canet and with Augusto Fernandez following his example at turn 11 on the second lap. Bezzecchi could not preserve his advantage at the front but only Roberts and Raul Fernandez were able to keep up with him, while Bo Bendsneyder dropped a second and a half behind the leaders, followed a big group led by Hector Garzo and including Sam Lowes and Gardner. However, that group also reduced when Lowes went down at turn 8, taking out Vierge when his overtake attempt went wrong.

There were nervy moments at the front as we well, where Roberts touched Bezzecchi’s rear tyre at turn 9 and it punished him hard with a fast trip to the gravel trap on lap five, while an unsettled Bezzecchi got overtaken by Fernandez. The busy first few laps left the duo alone at the front but their colleagues made sure not to let them feel lonely, as the group behind was pushing to reduce the gap to under a second, led by Bendsneyder and including Gardner and a fast starting Arbolino, who make quick progress from 19th on the grid.

Fernandez was keen to extend his lead at the front, which grew to over a second by lap 9 but Bezzecchi was about to come under attack from the fast trio of Bendsneyder, Gardner and Arbolino. Fabio Di Giannantonio was another two seconds behind but building up towards a long lap penalty for causing a crash for Hector Garzo. Once the Italian served his penalty, it turned the podium battle into a five-man affair, with Marcel Schrotter left six seconds down the road.

Fernandez’s advantage kept steady at the one second mark towards the halfway point of the race but the four men behind him were just as fast and Gardner and Arbolino looked particularly keen to find a way past Bendsneyder to join the provisional podium. They seemed to take a bit long but Gardner made his move at turn 11 with 10 laps remaining and Arbolino followed suit when they next reached turn 9. Gardner quickly recovered the one second gap to Bezzecchi and the Italian handed him second place with a mistake at Garage Vert with 7 laps remaining, while Arbolino did not seem to have the pace to keep up with the duo.

Fernandez continued to lead quite comfortably, keeping a gap of one second over his teammate, who was dropping Bezzecchi behind. The Italian was too busy keeping an eye on track limits after a warning with three laps remaining but was well clear of Arbolino. Fernandez never came under threat and took the checkered flag safely ahead of Gardner, with Bezzecchi securing third and rookie Arbolino a fine fourth place. Although he missed out on the podium battle, Bendsneyder will be satisfied with fifth, while Marcel Schrotter came on top in the late battle for sixth, ahead of Ai Ogura. Di Giannantonio did a stupendous job to climb into eighth place after serving two long lap penalties, including a botched first attempt. Simone Corsi and Jorge Navarro rounded out the top ten positions.

Gardner keeps the lead in the world championship by only one point from teammate Fernandez, while Bezzecchi climbs into third, 17 points down, dropping Lowes to fourth, 23 points behind the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 40'46.101
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +1.490
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +4.599
4 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex +7.503
5 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex +11.887
6 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +27.829
7 79 Ai Ogura Kalex +27.975
8 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex +28.112
9 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +28.204
10 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro +28.432
11 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +28.989
12 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +28.749
13 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +29.316
14 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +31.605
15 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro +32.080
16 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS +32.571
17 70 Barry Baltus NTS +33.309
18 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta +39.036
19 96 Jake Dixon Kalex +41.069
20 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +45.599
21 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta +1'19.160
Not Classified
  6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 5 Laps
  12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 11 Laps
  40 Hector Garzo Kalex 19 Laps
  16 Joe Roberts Kalex 21 Laps
  97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 22 Laps
  22 Sam Lowes Kalex 22 Laps
  62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 23 Laps
  2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 23 Laps
  37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 24 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 0 Lap
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto3 Race Result: The Chaos Of Moto3 With The Gaps of Moto2

After the deluge of the warm up session, asphalt was well drenched ahead of the lightweight class race but sun was peeking out and riders were prepared for a race of survival in changing conditions. The result was an unusual race with pretty big gaps by Moto3 standards and with most of the drama unfolding in the frantic first few laps but one man who kept his head cool to take a surprise victory was Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard led the way for most of the race and kept Filip Salac at bay to step onto the highest step of the podium. Salac had a brief go at victory but settled for second and a maiden pole in the world championship. Although he started on the front row of the grid, it was still a surprise to see Riccardo Rossi lift the final trophy on offer, the Italian achieving his first podium in Moto3 after a lonely ride to third.

The start of the race told a different tale, with poleman Andrea Migno making a good start off the line to keep the lead from Jaume Masia and Rossi but going too hot into turn 3 left Masia in charge. It looked like Niccolò Antonelli would finish the first lap in the lead, but the Italian crashed at the final corner and left Salac in charge of proceedings – a big mistake that would ultimately prove costly for his championship position. Tatsuki Suzuki, Jeremy Alcoba, Gabriel Rodrigo and most significantly Jaume Masia soon followed Antonelli’s example and joined the various gravel traps around the track, which helped Pedro Acosta climb up to 5th by lap 3, having started 21st on the grid. However, the rookie also made his first big mistake this season when he slid out that same lap at dreaded turn 3, rejoining back where he started, in 21st spot and having it all to do all over again.

While cameras were busy with the multitude of crash replays, Garcia started lap 3 in the lead and together with Salac, managed to extend a lead of three seconds. Rossi was also stretching a one second gap over Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee, while Ryusei Yamanaka led a big group over six seconds behind the top 5 riders. Acosta had four seconds to find to join that group, climbing up to 16th by lap 6.

Garcia continued to set a hot pace at the front, as the asphalt was steadily hotting up, with only Salac able to match his pace but the Spaniard did not look all that steady on his wet tyres. Rossi was running a pretty lonely race almost five seconds behind them by lap 7, with Sasaki and McPhee still holding hopes of a podium two seconds behind the Italian. The next group 13 seconds down the road occupied positions 6 to 15, with Acosta the last man in that pack and moving back into point scoring positions.

Back at the front, Garcia stretched a one second advantage on Salac by lap 9, which he was slowly increasing and status quo was maintained in the rest of the top 5. Behind them however, Darryn Binder fell victim to infamous turn 3 on that lap, crashing out of the lead of the big battle for sixth position, leaving rookies Adrian Fernandez, who had started 26th, and Xavier Artigas, who started last, in charge of that fight, while Acosta was knocking on the doors of the top 10 at the halfway point of the race.

Salac entered the second half of the race with the fastest lap to his name and quickly reduced the gap to the leader to half a second, forcing Garcia to pick up the pace again. The Snipers rider took advantage of Garcia running wide at Garage Vert to take over the lead but the Spaniard was not keen to give it up and reclaimed top spot into turn 1, immediately extending a one second gap over the following lap. Meanwhile, Rossi was untroubled in third, while McPhee waited until the final six laps to show a wheel to Sasaki and claim fourth spot at turn 13. 15 seconds down the road, Fernandez and Artigas held station and were five seconds away from coming under threat from Acosta, but with only 6 laps remaining, it seemed like a big and risky ask for the championship leader to get any further up the timesheets.

Garcia continued his streak of red sector times at the front and kept Salac at a relatively safe 1.5 seconds until the checkered flag, while McPhee was trying to catch up with Rossi to make it a battle for the final podium position. The gap reduced to one second for the final lap but the Italian dropped the fastest lap of the race to cross the finish line a second and a half ahead of the Scotsman. Sasaki took a solid top five, followed by rookies Fernandez and Artigas. Acosta did a great job to save an eighth place after a tricky weekend, while Deniz Öncü and Romano Fenati completed the top 10 and poleman Migno dropped to 11th after a big moment with two laps remaining.

Acosta’s recovery and his rivals’ misfortune extends his lead in the world championship standings to 54 points, with race winner Garcia becoming his main challenger, two points ahead of Migno and with Fenati another point back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 42'21.172
2 12 Filip Salac Honda +2.349
3 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +5.589
4 17 John McPhee Honda +7.158
5 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +14.882
6 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna +27.279
7 43 Xavier Artigas Honda +27.408
8 37 Pedro Acosta KTM +29.880
9 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +35.098
10 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +36.616
11 16 Andrea Migno Honda +42.347
12 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM +42.739
13 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +42.756
14 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +50.891
15 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda +52.753
16 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +53.054
17 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +53.568
18 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +1'18.995
19 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda +1'19.103
20 40 Darryn Binder Honda +1'54.124
21 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1 Lap
22 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 4 Laps
Not Classified
  99 Carlos Tatay KTM 8 Laps
  32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 19 Laps
  2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 20 Laps
  5 Jaume Masia KTM 21 Laps
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 21 Laps
  23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 21 Laps
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoGP Warm Up Result: Petrucci Thrives In The Wet

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'44.515    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'44.794 0.279 0.279
3 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'45.048 0.533 0.254
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'45.105 0.590 0.057
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'45.369 0.854 0.264
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'45.369 0.854  
7 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'45.370 0.855 0.001
8 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'45.443 0.928 0.073
9 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'45.476 0.961 0.033
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'45.512 0.997 0.036
11 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'45.822 1.307 0.310
12 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'46.058 1.543 0.236
13 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'46.127 1.612 0.069
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'46.176 1.661 0.049
15 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'46.237 1.722 0.061
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'46.345 1.830 0.108
17 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'46.702 2.187 0.357
18 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'46.756 2.241 0.054
19 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'46.986 2.471 0.230
20 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'47.530 3.015 0.544
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'47.957 3.442 0.427
22 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'48.251 3.736 0.294
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto2 Warm Up Result: Canet Takes A Dip

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'55.338    
2 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'56.013 0.675 0.675
3 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'56.027 0.689 0.014
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'56.102 0.764 0.075
5 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'56.312 0.974 0.210
6 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'56.380 1.042 0.068
7 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'56.508 1.170 0.128
8 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'56.681 1.343 0.173
9 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'56.746 1.408 0.065
10 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'56.823 1.485 0.077
11 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'56.860 1.522 0.037
12 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'57.126 1.788 0.266
13 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'57.167 1.829 0.041
14 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'57.241 1.903 0.074
15 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'57.297 1.959 0.056
16 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 1'57.721 2.383 0.424
17 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'57.947 2.609 0.226
18 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'58.508 3.170 0.561
19 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'58.740 3.402 0.232
20 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'59.721 4.383 0.981
21 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 2'00.111 4.773 0.390
22 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'00.635 5.297 0.524
23 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 2'00.720 5.382 0.085
24 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 2'01.236 5.898 0.516
25 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2'01.911 6.573 0.675
26 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2'01.964 6.626 0.053
27 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2'02.163 6.825 0.199
28 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 2'04.878 9.540 2.715
29 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 2'04.998 9.660 0.120
30 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2'06.003 10.665 1.005
  75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro      
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto3 Warm Up Result: Izdihar Gets Drenched

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'02.818    
2 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'03.020 0.202 0.202
3 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'03.625 0.807 0.605
4 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'03.657 0.839 0.032
5 12 Filip Salac Honda 2'03.690 0.872 0.033
6 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'03.816 0.998 0.126
7 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 2'03.909 1.091 0.093
8 17 John McPhee Honda 2'04.239 1.421 0.330
9 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'04.265 1.447 0.026
10 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'04.379 1.561 0.114
11 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'04.578 1.760 0.199
12 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'04.636 1.818 0.058
13 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 2'04.810 1.992 0.174
14 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'04.843 2.025 0.033
15 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'05.161 2.343 0.318
16 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'05.212 2.394 0.051
17 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 2'05.330 2.512 0.118
18 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'05.465 2.647 0.135
19 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'05.494 2.676 0.029
20 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'05.803 2.985 0.309
21 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'05.824 3.006 0.021
22 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'06.626 3.808 0.802
23 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'06.737 3.919 0.111
24 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 2'08.172 5.354 1.435
25 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'08.760 5.942 0.588
26 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'10.518 7.700 1.758
27 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'11.970 9.152 1.452
  31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna      
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoE E-Pole Result: Someone Got Pole, Probably

The final qualifying session of the day got the absolute worst conditions of the weekend and the wet session followed a different format to the usual E-Pole, with a 12-minute session for all riders and a maximum of six laps allowed. However, as soon as the light went green at the end of pitlane and riders gingerly headed out, it was an instant red flag due to pouring rain. Of course bright sunshine hit the track soon after but there were rivers flowing down pitlane and it took a little while to restart proceedings. Once it happened, riders were faced with their first properly wet session but while they pushed to get up to speed quickly, a couple of crashes and their respective yellow flags ended up making a big impact on the timesheets.

Practice leader Eric Granado looked on route to follow it up with pole but the Brazilian crashed out at turn 3 in the final handful of minutes, having just set up camp at the top of the standings, which allowed rival Dominique Aegerter to take over at the front. The Swiss rider got challenged by rookies Miquel Pons and Hikaro Okubo but the front row line-up awkwardly changed a couple times while interviews were underway in parc fermé, with both rookies getting demoted due to yellow flag infringements. Eventually, Aegerter also saw his pole time get scrapped well after the session was over, which left Granado in a surprise pole position. Reigning cup champion Jordi Torres got promoted to second but that didn’t last either, so Pons managed to climb back onto the front row, only a tenth off pole on his first visit to Le Mans. Matteo Ferrari inherited the final place on the front row, despite being only seventh at the checkered flag.

After a few more shuffles of the pack, Xavi Cardelus opens the second row, where he will be joined by Alessandro Zaccone and Aegerter, while Andrea Mantovani leads the third row ahead of Fermín Aldeguer - the rookie getting a yellow flag infringement of his own - and Yonny Hernandez. Okubo went from parc fermé to 10th on the grid, with Torres dropped to 11th. Despite crashing after only one flying lap, Lukas Tulovic got promoted to 12th on the grid, while Corentin Perolari qualified 13th but will have to serve a three-place grid penalty for irresponsible riding last time out in Jerez.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 51 Eric Granado Energica 2'00.315    
2 71 Miquel Pons Energica 2'00.416 0.101 0.101
3 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 2'00.655 0.340 0.239
4 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica 2'01.437 1.122 0.782
5 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica 2'02.197 1.882 0.760
6 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica 2'03.417 3.102 1.220
7 9 Andrea Mantovani Energica 2'03.772 3.457 0.355
8 54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica 2'04.842 4.527 1.070
9 68 Yonny Hernandez Energica 2'05.245 4.930 0.403
10 78 Hikari Okubo Energica 2'05.861 5.546 0.616
11 40 Jordi Torres Energica 2'05.967 5.652 0.106
12 3 Lukas Tulovic Energica 2'06.635 6.320 0.668
13 19 Corentin Perolari Energica 2'09.152 8.837 2.517
14 80 Jasper Iwema Energica 2'09.421 9.106 0.269
15 14 Andre Pires Energica 2'09.711 9.396 0.290
16 27 Mattia Casadei Energica 2'09.745 9.430 0.034
17 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica 2'10.348 10.033 0.603
18 6 Maria Herrera Energica 2'12.908 12.593 2.560
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying Result: A Matter Of When, Not If

After a mostly dry Q1, rain made a comeback ahead of Q2 but with conditions changing in the blink of an eye and from corner to corner, it made tyre choice a tough call and keeping within the white lines even tougher. Things stabilised for the final half of the session and the rapidly improving track allowed for fast progress to be made, riders finding about half a second at a time in the fight for pole. In the end it was a three-way battle between the Red Bull KTM Ajo duo and the Q1 leader but ultimately the stars aligned for exceptional rookie Raul Fernandez to take an inevitable maiden pole position in the intermediate class. Marco Bezzecchi made a late jump onto the front row, two tenths off pole, while Joe Roberts navigated through a dry Q1 to challenge for pole in Q2, before getting demoted to third.

Aron Canet also found some late speed to open the second row of the grid from Augusto Fernandez, who seems to be getting his season back on track. Bo Bendsneyder did a fine job to complete row two, while Remy Gardner was a challenger for pole until a mistake at Garage Vert on his final flying lap cost him and he had to settle for seventh. The Flexbox HP40 duo of Hector Garzo and Stefano Manzi will join him on the third row, while Sam Lowes rounded out the top ten. The British rider was tempted by slicks early on but it proved to be the wrong call so it took him some time to post a timed lap and he never matched the speed of the leaders. Nicolò Bulega and Xavi Vierge will accompany him on the fourth row of the grid, while most recent victor Fabio Di Giannantonio qualified 15th, only doing better than the men who crashed after just a couple of laps: Ai Ogura, Simone Corsi and Jorge Navarro.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'50.135    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'50.375 0.240 0.240
3 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'50.514 0.379 0.139
4 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'50.782 0.647 0.268
5 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'50.796 0.661 0.014
6 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'51.132 0.997 0.336
7 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'51.146 1.011 0.014
8 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'51.215 1.080 0.069
9 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'51.360 1.225 0.145
10 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'52.031 1.896 0.671
11 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'52.223 2.088 0.192
12 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'52.273 2.138 0.050
13 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'52.587 2.452 0.314
14 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'52.753 2.618 0.166
15 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'53.398 3.263 0.645
16 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'54.436 4.301 1.038
17 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'55.409 5.274 0.973
18 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'56.706 6.571 1.297
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'36.671    
Q2 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'36.799 0.128 0.128
Q2 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'36.967 0.296 0.168
Q2 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'37.045 0.374 0.078
19 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'37.154 0.483 0.109
20 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'37.191 0.520 0.037
21 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'37.231 0.560 0.040
22 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'37.238 0.567 0.007
23 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'37.286 0.615 0.048
24 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'37.511 0.840 0.225
25 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'37.556 0.885 0.045
26 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'37.564 0.893 0.008
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'37.676 1.005 0.112
28 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'37.958 1.287 0.282
29 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'38.150 1.479 0.192
30 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 1'38.489 1.818 0.339
31 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 1'39.154 2.483 0.665
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoGP Qualifying Result: It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over

If Q1 was any indication, pole at Le Mans was going to be an even more stressful affair than usual, with a damp but rapidly drying track covered by the inky blackness of clouds setting the stage for Q2. And the premier class put in a performance to match the dramatic decor. After a tentative outlap on wet rubber, slicks became the flavour of the day and some unusual challengers mixed in with the names you would expect to shine in the tricky conditions. When rain made a comeback in parts of the track with two minutes remaining, it looked like a surprise Honda front row lockout, but conditions improved quick enough for Yamaha to spoil their party and allow Fabio Quartararo to claim a second consecutive pole on home soil. He was closely followed by teammate Maverick Viñales, with Jack Miller closing the front row of the grid after spending most of the session at the front, enjoying the unpredictable conditions.

Franco Morbidelli quickly forgot about the lightly twisted ankle he gained earlier today to climb onto the second row of the grid, only a tenth of a second slower than his former teammate. Johann Zarco joins him on row two, together with Marc Marquez and his FP4-scuffed leathers, who held provisional pole until the surprise late attack that demoted him to sixth position. Colleague Takaaki Nakagami followed the Spaniard on track and on the timesheets, opening the third row from Pol Espargaro, who also had hopes for pole, had he not crashed at turn 7 on his final flying lap.

Valentino Rossi will be looking to make a comeback from a difficult start of the year from ninth on the grid, while Miguel Oliveira completed the top ten after a late tumble. The KTM man will be joined on the fourth row by the surprising Q1 graduates: Lorenzo Savadori and Luca Marini. The damper but rapidly improving conditions in Q1 caused some major headaches and when it all came down to the final flying lap, Savadori timed it to perfection, the Aprilia man eight tenths faster than his closest rival, having sprinted back to pitlane Marquez-style early in the session after a crash at the final corner. Marini made good use of the Bagnaia caravan to secure second, leaving some major names to fight it out from the second half of the grid.

Premature celebrations for Aleix Espargaro proved costly as he did not take advantage of his final flying lap and got demoted to 13th on the grid, but in fine company from the two Suzukis led by Joan Mir. Pecco Bagnaia had a slightly worse afternoon, the championship leader having to defend that position from 16th on the grid, alongside the Tech 3 duo of Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'32.600    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'32.681 0.081 0.081
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'32.704 0.104 0.023
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'32.766 0.166 0.062
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'32.877 0.277 0.111
6 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.037 0.437 0.160
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'33.120 0.520 0.083
8 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'33.150 0.550 0.030
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'33.391 0.791 0.241
10 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'33.867 1.267 0.476
11 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'34.258 1.658 0.391
12 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'34.265 1.665 0.007
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Q2 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'42.550    
Q2 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'43.352 0.802 0.802
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'43.418 0.868 0.066
14 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'43.422 0.872 0.004
15 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'43.523 0.973 0.101
16 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'43.530 0.980 0.007
17 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'43.857 1.307 0.327
18 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'44.324 1.774 0.467
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'45.146 2.596 0.822
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'45.590 3.040 0.444
21 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'45.911 3.361 0.321
22 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'46.123 3.573 0.212
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2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoGP FP4 Result: Quartararo Fastest In Intermittent Drizzle

The typical changing conditions in Le Mans left the premier class in a confusing situation, as they started the final practice session on slick rubber fit for a drying track but clouds changed their mind and started shedding more water so the woolly hats went back on while riders waited for Le Mans to make up its mind. The track finally got busy for the final 15 minutes of the session, when Fabio Quartararo went fastest on a drying track, but only seven thousandths of a second ahead of Alex Rins. Franco Morbidelli finished third despite slightly twisting his ankle in a practice bike swap at the end of FP3.

The Repsol Honda duo of Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez completed the top five, although both riders took a tumble within seconds of each other in the final handful of minutes, as rain started falling once more. Miguel Oliveira and Joan Mir were also within two tenths of a second of the leader, with Takaaki Nakgami, teammate Alex Marquez and Iker Lecuona rounding out the top ten. Maverick Viñales in 11th position was six tenths off top spot, while Johann Zarco and Jack Miller did the most running but were only 16th and 17th in the end.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'32.857    
2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'32.864 0.007 0.007
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'32.872 0.015 0.008
4 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'32.904 0.047 0.032
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.004 0.147 0.100
6 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'33.042 0.185 0.038
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'33.056 0.199 0.014
8 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'33.320 0.463 0.264
9 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.447 0.590 0.127
10 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'33.474 0.617 0.027
11 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'33.482 0.625 0.008
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'33.766 0.909 0.284
13 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'33.811 0.954 0.045
14 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'33.905 1.048 0.094
15 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'33.944 1.087 0.039
16 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'33.948 1.091 0.004
17 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'34.043 1.186 0.095
18 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'34.135 1.278 0.092
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'34.229 1.372 0.094
20 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'34.309 1.452 0.080
21 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'34.384 1.527 0.075
22 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'34.542 1.685 0.158
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2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto3 Qualifying Result: He Who Dares Wins

Le Mans had another surprise in store for qualifying and of course it came in the form of raindrops just as the lightweight class left pitlane for Q2, causing riders to rush out for an early benchmark on slick tyres. However, rain intensified on their outlap so riders returned to pitlane to prepare for a wet time attack instead. Once the preparations were done, rain stopped and glimpses of sun could be seen in parts of the circuit, making it a tricky proposition for the riders, who were yet to post a time by the halfway point of the session. One man who took big risks for a big reward was Andrea Migno, the Italian sticking to slick tyres for the final run and securing his second pole position of the season with a two second advantage. Riccardo Rossi followed his example and the late switch to slicks also rewarded him with a maiden front row start, despite starting the session in the gravel trap at turn 11, after a tangle with Niccolò Antonelli. Jaume Masia made a late jump to complete the front row of the grid.

John McPhee held provisional pole before dropping to fourth, ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo and Antonelli, while Q1 graduate Filip Salac opens row three, his fastest time three seconds slower than the poleman’s. Sergio Garcia and Q1 leader Tatsuki Suzuki complete the third row, while Romano Fenati rounded out the top 10 in qualifying and opens row four ahead of Stefano Nepa and Ryusei Yamanaka.

Darryn Binder was only 16th fastest but the big surprise of the afternoon was championship leader Pedro Acosta, who had a nice save at turn 12 but could not save himself out of Q1. The Spaniard will start the French GP from 21st on the grid, but he might not be too concerned about that, given his record to date. Xavier Artigas missed the qualifying session while undergoing medical checks at the hospital but has been declared fit for the race.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'47.407    
2 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'49.408 2.001 2.001
3 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'49.611 2.204 0.203
4 17 John McPhee Honda 1'49.640 2.233 0.029
5 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'49.684 2.277 0.044
6 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'49.894 2.487 0.210
7 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'50.594 3.187 0.700
8 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'50.786 3.379 0.192
9 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'50.927 3.520 0.141
10 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'50.962 3.555 0.035
11 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'51.145 3.738 0.183
12 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'51.303 3.896 0.158
13 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'51.375 3.968 0.072
14 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'51.510 4.103 0.135
15 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'52.332 4.925 0.822
16 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'52.511 5.104 0.179
17 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'54.034 6.627 1.523
18 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'54.345 6.938 0.311
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'43.020    
Q2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'43.138 0.118 0.118
Q2 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'43.188 0.168 0.050
Q2 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'43.263 0.243 0.075
19 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'43.290 0.270 0.027
20 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'43.303 0.283 0.013
21 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'43.376 0.356 0.073
22 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'43.393 0.373 0.017
23 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'43.636 0.616 0.243
24 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'43.663 0.643 0.027
25 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 1'44.284 1.264 0.621
26 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'44.435 1.415 0.151
27 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'44.784 1.764 0.349
28 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'47.081 4.061 2.297
  43 Xavier Artigas Honda      
Round Number: 
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2021
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