2017 Le Mans MotoGP Qualifying Result: The Sweetest Place Is Home

Fully dry and slightly chilly, the French circuit was a recital of flying laps and flying Frenchmen. But, above all, it was Yamaha that reigned supreme in the qualifying session, Maverick Viñales showing that Friday was just a wet glitch in the system and that he is back to the place he enjoys more: the top of the timesheets.

The Spaniard grabbed pole position from his teammate, Valentino Rossi, by a tenth of a second, both factory riders under pressure from the home favourite and satellite Yamaha, Johann Zarco. The Frenchman provided a bit of drama and gave the audience another reason to cheer after coming through Q1 by deposing of Dani Pedrosa at the last minute and joining the Q2 party late after sitting out the first run.

Zarco pushed Cal Crutchlow to the second row of the grid on his final flying lap, the LCR rider left sharing a row with Marc Marquez, who had another small tumble in turn three on cold tyres, and the other Q1 qualifier, Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian being the first Ducati across the line.

The third row will be headed by Scott Redding, who crashed late in the session and did not manage to equal his FP3 performance. Pol Espargaro’s eighth grid spot will bring some more smiles to the KTM team and the same could be said for Karel Abraham in ninth position and completing the third row for the Aspar team.

Bradley Smith qualified tenth, ahead of Jack Miller, who once again suffered a crash – thankfully much smaller than the FP4 scare – and Loris Baz completing the fourth row.

The Honda of Dani Pedrosa has a bit of a challenge from fifth row, Jorge Lorenzo starting right behind his fellow Spaniard, in sixteenth grid position.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'31.994    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'32.100 0.106 0.106
3 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'32.229 0.235 0.129
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'32.300 0.306 0.071
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'32.493 0.499 0.193
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'32.726 0.732 0.233
7 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'33.119 1.125 0.393
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'33.399 1.405 0.280
9 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'33.517 1.523 0.118
10 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'33.629 1.635 0.112
11 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'33.756 1.762 0.127
12 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'33.955 1.961 0.199
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'32.298    
Q2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'32.367 0.069 0.069
13 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'32.415 0.117 0.048
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'32.484 0.186 0.069
15 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'32.695 0.397 0.211
16 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'32.830 0.532 0.135
17 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'32.844 0.546 0.014
18 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'33.187 0.889 0.343
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'33.231 0.933 0.044
20 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'33.233 0.935 0.002
21 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'33.817 1.519 0.584
22 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'33.875 1.577 0.058
23 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'34.082 1.784 0.207


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<p>solid run from the yamahas, especially zarco. he totally deserved that spot. on a side note, if we sort the riders by the lap times from both Q1 and Q2, the grid would&#39;ve been: 1. vinales 2. rossi 3. zarco 4. crutchlow 5. pedrosa 6. bautista 7. marquez 8. folger 9. dovizioso 10. lorenzo 11. iannone 12. redding 13. a. espargaro 14. petrucci 15. barbera 16. p. espargaro 17. abraham 18. smith 19. miller 20. lowes 21. rabat 22. baz 23. guintoli if only the positions were sorted this way. maybe it will help a few riders. but rules are rules. hopefully the rain will shine in le mans for tomorrow&#39;s race!</p>

If you combone laptimes of q1 and q2 Dovizioso would be 4th between Zarco and Crutchlow.  Although since conditions change you can't really compare.

Q1 was just amazing to watch.  Pedrosa drew the short straw this time.  Zarco was incredible in both q1 and q2.  Dovi really hit it home when it counted in Q1. He took a bit different strategy in q2 and it didn't work but now he knows.  Zarco, Pedrosa, and Dovi really put in a great string of laps together in Q1.

the more i watch him ride, the more i like him.

the more i listen to him speak, the more i like him.

Lorenzo can't adapt to Ducati anymore than Rossi could. Premature judgement, but I will stick with my view. If Ducati and Gigi get out of bed with a sober dose, they should give Lorenzo his basic paycheck as contracted and chuck every spare development dollar into Dov's aspirations and input.

Right now you could put Vinales, Rossi, Pedrosa, Crutchlow and others on the current GP17 and they would be sitting right there with Lorenzo. Dovi is one very effective  and efficient race tool. Ducati need to immediately UP his status to # 1 within the team or pay the price. Dovi starts about 6th on the grid, Lorenzo starts about 15th or something. In Jerez Dovi worked his way from 14th to 5th. Lorenzo worked his way from close front to 3rd. Now he (Lorenzo) has to do what Dovizioso did in Jerez to give me any faith in his ability to bring Ducati another GP title ever. Dovizioso is clearly the most adept at adaptibility racer I have seen in years. HRC 2 Sroke, HRC 800/1000/MI Yam/Ducati variations on Bridgestone/Michelin. Vinales to Ducati future hence would be another Rossi/Lorenzo fail. Vinales has to keep himself totally committed to Yamaha..the wild goose is Marc Marquez. If Ducati can get him on board, he will probably wring its neck like Stoner did back then. Huge shout out to KTM with the trellis chassis.


Congratulations Yamaha.

I agree Pit Bull nothing wrong with a welded steel tube trellis frame. But cars have a chassis.

Go KTM. It is a one tyre category. so the bikes must be built around the rubber that everybody gets. make the bike that works well with the tyres & get two riders in the top ten. that is better than the factory Ducatis qualy results.

Ducati how much time & effort have they put into thier "chassis" since they changed from steel tube trellis to the carbon "chassis" then the aluminium alloy beam frame project that was started back in about 2010 or 11 when V.R.46 was riding the Duc. the wings helped make up for the problems they had, now those problems still exist, & no solution yet.

It is ten years since Ducati's one and only MotoGp world championship. imho the next title seems a very long way off.     sorry Jorge I would love to see it happen, but it does not seem likely. so why go around in circles following JL99's developement path when Jorge don't understand the Ducati. whereas Dovi does get the Gp17. again I agree PIT BULL. why let pitbox politics get in the way of the best outcome for the team & the manufacturer ? If A.D.04 is made #1 rider at Ducati Corse maybe somebody loose face over JL99 decision & level of remuneration?

Jack Miller. at least people are talking about him. And he still out performs his team mate. so glad Jack did not injure himself.

Johan Zarco - Tito Rabat two Moto2 graduates two riders that did very well in moto2. compare & contrast performances in the big class. Zarco totally awesome. Esteve Rabat, well he makes his team-mate look good.