MotoGP Race And Practice Results

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
    Q1 Results:        
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
Round Number: 
5
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
Round Number: 
5
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: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoE FP3 Result: Okubo Leads From Hernandez

Despite the cloud cover, dry track conditions maintained for the final practice session of the MotoE class and times got quicker throughout the 30 minutes of track action. The fastest man proved to be Hikari Okubo, although only four hundredths of a second faster than Yonny Hernandez. FP2 leader Eric Granado was third, one tenth off top spot and narrowly ahead of reigning champion Jordi Torres. Fermín Aldeguer kept close in fifth, the rookie finishing ahead of Mattia Casadei, Dominique Aegerter, Alessandro Zaccone, Lukas Tulovic and Matteo Ferrari, who completed the top ten covered by six tenths of a second.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 78 Hikari Okubo Energica 1'44.036    
2 68 Yonny Hernandez Energica 1'44.082 0.046 0.046
3 51 Eric Granado Energica 1'44.106 0.070 0.024
4 40 Jordi Torres Energica 1'44.160 0.124 0.054
5 54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica 1'44.276 0.240 0.116
6 27 Mattia Casadei Energica 1'44.312 0.276 0.036
7 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica 1'44.418 0.382 0.106
8 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica 1'44.437 0.401 0.019
9 3 Lukas Tulovic Energica 1'44.586 0.550 0.149
10 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 1'44.637 0.601 0.051
11 71 Miquel Pons Energica 1'44.778 0.742 0.141
12 9 Andrea Mantovani Energica 1'44.799 0.763 0.021
13 6 Maria Herrera Energica 1'45.128 1.092 0.329
14 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica 1'45.557 1.521 0.429
15 19 Corentin Perolari Energica 1'45.853 1.817 0.296
16 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica 1'46.129 2.093 0.276
17 80 Jasper Iwema Energica 1'47.265 3.229 1.136
18 14 Andre Pires Energica 1'48.542 4.506 1.277
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto2 FP3 Result: Fernandez Fastest On Drying Track

After overnight rain and a few drops throughout the MotoGP session, the track started drying as the intermediate class took their turn, which meant there was not much action until the conditions were good enough for slick tyres. Times got quicker and quicker in the final third of the session, but ultimately not quick enough to challenge the combined hierarchy from FP2. Rookie extraordinaire Raul Fernandez took top spot at the checkered flag by going over half a second quicker than compatriots Jorge Navarro and Augusto Fernandez.

Fellow rookie Tony Arbolino led the session briefly, before dropping to forth, with Aron Canet joining the top five. Jake Dixon finished ahead of rivals Sam Lowes and Marco Bezzecchi, who were the last riders within a second of the leader. Ai Ogura and Joe Roberts rounded out the top ten, while Fabio Di Giannantonio missed out by seven hundredths of a second, in a pretty chaotic final few minutes. Cameron Beaubier was the fastest man in the short outing in wet conditions, before dropping down to 13th place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'38.239    
2 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'38.765 0.526 0.526
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'38.889 0.650 0.124
4 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'38.951 0.712 0.062
5 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'38.984 0.745 0.033
6 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'39.030 0.791 0.046
7 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'39.138 0.899 0.108
8 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'39.235 0.996 0.097
9 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'39.396 1.157 0.161
10 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'39.507 1.268 0.111
11 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'39.579 1.340 0.072
12 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'39.597 1.358 0.018
13 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'39.676 1.437 0.079
14 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'39.744 1.505 0.068
15 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'39.745 1.506 0.001
16 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'39.911 1.672 0.166
17 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'39.920 1.681 0.009
18 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'40.024 1.785 0.104
19 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'40.057 1.818 0.033
20 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'40.174 1.935 0.117
21 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'40.182 1.943 0.008
22 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'40.311 2.072 0.129
23 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'40.335 2.096 0.024
24 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'40.520 2.281 0.185
25 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'40.675 2.436 0.155
26 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'40.718 2.479 0.043
27 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'41.084 2.845 0.366
28 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 1'41.100 2.861 0.016
29 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'41.159 2.920 0.059
30 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 1'41.419 3.180 0.260
31 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'41.466 3.227 0.047
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Welcomes Wet Conditions

Day 2 at Le Mans started with a fully wet track and the surface saw a little more rainfall as the premier class got going for their third practice session. There were a few riders who loved the conditions and went quick straight away but once rain stopped and the track started changing, it was a familiar face making the headlines once more, with Marc Marquez back in charge by six tenths of a second and the only time in the 1:40s. His closest rival was surprisingly Lorenzo Savadori, the rookie showing glimpses of speed in the wet on Friday as well and turning it into second position in FP3, helped by chasing around a rapid Miguel Oliveira. The KTM man had a stint at the top as well, before dropping back to fourth, behind Pecco Bagnaia, the Italian fast in FP3 but still having to contend with Q1, as conditions on Saturday morning did not allow any changes in the combined standings.

Pol Espargaro completed the top five for Honda and was the last rider to post a time within a second of his teammate, ahead of Johann Zarco. The Suzukis spent most of the session towards the front as well, Joan Mir leading Alex Rins in 7th and 8th spots, but both due to meet up in Q1. Iker Lecuona added another KTM to the sharp end despite an early tumble, while rookie Luca Marini rounded out the top 10. The LCR duo of Alex Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami missed out by two tenths of a second, ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who had to handle some early technical issues, while the early leader of the session and wet weather enthusiast Danilo Petrucci eventually dropped to 14th.

Yamaha did not seem to enjoy the welcome they got on Saturday morning, Maverick Viñales being their top representative in 16th position, ahead of Franco Morbidelli and with Fabio Quartararo in 19th. Jack Miller topped the session early on but did not rejoin after a crash at turn 6 and got demoted to 20th spot, ahead of Valentino Rossi.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'40.736    
2 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'41.349 0.613 0.613
3 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'41.452 0.716 0.103
4 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'41.457 0.721 0.005
5 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'41.671 0.935 0.214
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'41.775 1.039 0.104
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'41.817 1.081 0.042
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'42.055 1.319 0.238
9 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'42.136 1.400 0.081
10 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'42.323 1.587 0.187
11 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'42.516 1.780 0.193
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'42.520 1.784 0.004
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'42.532 1.796 0.012
14 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'43.213 2.477 0.681
15 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'43.462 2.726 0.249
16 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'43.546 2.810 0.084
17 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'43.700 2.964 0.154
18 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'43.740 3.004 0.040
19 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'43.759 3.023 0.019
20 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'43.857 3.121 0.098
21 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'44.016 3.280 0.159
22 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'44.123 3.387 0.107
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto3 FP3 Result: Another Fernandez Goes Fast

After the changing conditions caused some headaches on day 1 at Le Mans, Saturday morning brought a fully wet track surface following overnight rain, which meant that the lightweight class stood no chance of changing the order in the combined standings. However, it was a chance for rookie Adrian Fernandez to shine, the Spaniard snatching top spot at the checkered flag by almost half a second from Yuki Kunii. Andrea Migno made a late jump into the top three, while John McPhee got demoted to fourth, while Niccolò Antonelli completed the top five.

Runaway championship leader Pedro Acosta added another small tumble to his collection from Friday but the rookie held top spot for much of the session, until the final few minutes, when he got demoted to sixth place. Teammate Jaume Masia was seventh, while also putting his name on the lengthy crash list, alongside the likes of Xavier Artigas, Sergio Garcia, Carlos Tatay or Andi Farid Izdihar. Kaito Toba dropped to eighth place after his fastest time got cancelled due to a yellow flag infringement, while FP2 leader Gabriel Rodrigo and Stefano Nepa rounded out the top ten once all sanctions were applied.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'54.228    
2 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'54.725 0.497 0.497
3 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'54.758 0.530 0.033
4 17 John McPhee Honda 1'55.026 0.798 0.268
5 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'55.088 0.860 0.062
6 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'55.564 1.336 0.476
7 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'55.606 1.378 0.042
8 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'55.821 1.593 0.215
9 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'55.866 1.638 0.045
10 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'55.912 1.684 0.046
11 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'56.017 1.789 0.105
12 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'56.172 1.944 0.155
13 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'56.180 1.952 0.008
14 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'56.181 1.953 0.001
15 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'56.243 2.015 0.062
16 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'56.331 2.103 0.088
17 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'56.429 2.201 0.098
18 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'56.470 2.242 0.041
19 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'56.958 2.730 0.488
20 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'57.172 2.944 0.214
21 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'57.327 3.099 0.155
22 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 1'57.343 3.115 0.016
23 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'57.362 3.134 0.019
24 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'57.696 3.468 0.334
25 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'57.817 3.589 0.121
26 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'58.107 3.879 0.290
27 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'58.326 4.098 0.219
28 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'58.449 4.221 0.123
29 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'58.772 4.544 0.323
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoE FP2 Result: Granado Leads Torres

The Moto3 class got to close the first day at Le Mans and the honours for the day went to Eric Granado, after rival Dominique Aegerter robbed him in the morning session. Jordi Torres reduced the gap to the Brazilian to a tenth of a second in the closing minutes of FP2, while Lukas Tulovic joined them in the top three. Round 1 victor Alessandro Zaccone was fourth, while Aegerter rounded out the top five, about three tenths off the leader. Fermín Aldeguer, Miquel Pons, Hikari Okubo, Mattia Casadei and Yonny Hernandez took the remaining top 10 positions, while Matteo Ferrari was 13th, over a second and a half slower than the leader.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 51 Eric GRANADO Energica 1'43.909    
2 40 Jordi TORRES Energica 1'44.045 0.136 0.136
3 3 Lukas TULOVIC Energica 1'44.069 0.160 0.024
4 61 Alessandro ZACCONE Energica 1'44.088 0.179 0.019
5 77 Dominique AEGERTER Energica 1'44.202 0.293 0.114
6 54 Fermín ALDEGUER Energica 1'44.686 0.777 0.484
7 71 Miquel PONS Energica 1'44.886 0.977 0.200
8 78 Hikari OKUBO Energica 1'44.935 1.026 0.049
9 27 Mattia CASADEI Energica 1'44.998 1.089 0.063
10 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Energica 1'45.020 1.111 0.022
11 9 Andrea MANTOVANI Energica 1'45.254 1.345 0.234
12 19 Corentin PEROLARI Energica 1'45.374 1.465 0.120
13 11 Matteo FERRARI Energica 1'45.498 1.589 0.124
14 6 Maria HERRERA Energica 1'45.542 1.633 0.044
15 18 Xavi CARDELUS Energica 1'45.836 1.927 0.294
16 21 Kevin ZANNONI Energica 1'46.140 2.231 0.304
17 80 Jasper IWEMA Energica 1'46.474 2.565 0.334
18 14 Andre PIRES Energica 1'47.861 3.952 1.387
Round Number: 
2
2021
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