MotoGP Race And Practice Results

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
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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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2021 Le Mans Moto2 FP2 Result: Lowes Retrieves Top Spot

The intermediate class also got to enjoy some solid running in dry conditions, despite the track getting pretty dark in places and gravel traps getting as busy as ever. Augusto Fernandez started the session as the fastest man in the improved conditions, until teammate Sam Lowes took over at the top of the timesheets for the final 10 minutes. Top rookie Raul Fernandez came within a tenth of a second of the lead, ahead of his more experienced namesake from the Marc VDS squad. Championship leader Remy Gardner and a rapid Nicolò Bulega completed the top five, four tenths off top spot. 

Xavi Vierge made a fast start at Le Mans, sixth in the session and half a second slower than Lowes. FP1 leader Aron Canet left it quite late to improve on the morning’s benchmark but eventually joined the top 10 and got promoted to seventh position after a flurry of late lap cancellations for the likes of Ai Ogura, Marcel Schrotter, Marco Bezzecchi or Stefano Manzi. Fabio Di Giannantonio also inherited 8th place despite a late crash, while Bezzecchi dropped to ninth. Bo Bendsneyder completed the top ten, seven tenths off the lead. 

The remaining Q2 tickets were provisionally held by Schrotter, Manzi, Jorge Navarro and Hector Garzo. Marcos Ramirez got pushed out of contention after the session due to a yellow flag infrigement during one of the many yellow flags that closed the session. Joe Roberts was another of the riders to miss the cut for now, after a low-key afternoon that ended with a crash.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'36.307    
2 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'36.382 0.075 0.075
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'36.605 0.298 0.223
4 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'36.640 0.333 0.035
5 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'36.748 0.441 0.108
6 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'36.813 0.506 0.065
7 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'36.864 0.557 0.051
8 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'36.959 0.652 0.095
9 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'37.062 0.755 0.103
10 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'37.083 0.776 0.021
11 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'37.165 0.858 0.082
12 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'37.215 0.908 0.050
13 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'37.316 1.009 0.101
14 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'37.327 1.020 0.011
15 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'37.423 1.116 0.096
16 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'37.473 1.166 0.050
17 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'37.497 1.190 0.024
18 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'37.499 1.192 0.002
19 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'37.606 1.299 0.107
20 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'37.640 1.333 0.034
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'37.815 1.508 0.175
22 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'37.844 1.537 0.029
23 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'38.055 1.748 0.211
24 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'38.072 1.765 0.017
25 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'38.081 1.774 0.009
26 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'38.326 2.019 0.245
27 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'38.335 2.028 0.009
28 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'38.458 2.151 0.123
29 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'38.561 2.254 0.103
30 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 1'39.645 3.338 1.084
  5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro      
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoGP FP2 Result: Zarco Leads On Home Soil

It was a dry start for the second practice session of the day but black clouds threatened riders as they left pitlane. That meant soft slick tyres were getting stressed straight away, in an early bid to secure a precious top 10 placement but the weather let them run around on a dry playground for a while longer. Although the clouds stayed to spectate for the remainder of the session, they didn’t take centre stage and the premier class could battle it out in a final time attack that ended in a French 1-2, with Johann Zarco snatching top spot away from compatriot Fabio Quartararo by less than a tenth of a second. Yamaha enjoyed their afternoon much more than the wet morning, seeing all four machines inside the top 10, although Quartararo also suffered a little crash at popular turn 3. Maverick Viñales added a second Yamaha to the top three, while Pol Espargaro missed out by one thousandth of a second, the Honda man showing good speed throughout the session.

Franco Morbidelli eventually joined the top 10 for the final five minutes, ending the session fifth, while Miguel Oliveira was the sole KTM provisionally in Q2 from sixth position. After outsmarting rivals in FP1, Jack Miller had it all to do all over again in FP2 and it didn’t prove as easy the second time around. The Ducati man took time to join the top 10 and when he did, he promptly crashed at turn 7 and his fastest time got cancelled for a yellow flag infringement. However, the final time attack allowed him to climb back into seventh position.

Marc Marquez kept himself entertained with some off-roading at Garage Vert, which hampered his progress in the early part of the session but the Spaniard recovered to climb into eighth place, eight tenths of a second off top spot. Valentino Rossi served us a rarity as he joined the top 10 in the closing stages of FP2, ahead of Takaaki Nakagami and pushing out Alex Rins. The Spaniard did not help his cause by crashing out at turn 3 and teammate Joan Mir soon followed his example at turn 8, leaving both Suzukis provisionally out of Q2. Championship leader Pecco Bagnaia found himself in the same position, the Italian joining the gravel trap at turn 3 early in the session and although he rejoined the action, he could not improve on 12th position. Turn 3 also got two visits from Aleix Espargaro, the frustrated Aprilia man left in 14th place by his two mishaps.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'31.747    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.842 0.095 0.095
3 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'32.136 0.389 0.294
4 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'32.137 0.390 0.001
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'32.279 0.532 0.142
6 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.296 0.549 0.017
7 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'32.361 0.614 0.065
8 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'32.632 0.885 0.271
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'32.669 0.922 0.037
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'32.711 0.964 0.042
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'32.762 1.015 0.051
12 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'32.800 1.053 0.038
13 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'32.908 1.161 0.108
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'32.946 1.199 0.038
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'33.040 1.293 0.094
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'33.117 1.370 0.077
17 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.204 1.457 0.087
18 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'33.361 1.614 0.157
19 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'33.536 1.789 0.175
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'33.985 2.238 0.449
21 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'34.147 2.400 0.162
22 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'34.520 2.773 0.373
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto3 FP2 Result: Rodrigo Takes Over

After the crash fest of the morning session, bright sunshine bathed Moto3 machines as they left pitlane for FP2, although clouds still surrounded the French circuit. Riders were quick to improve on the morning’s benchmark and the final 10 minutes seemed even more important than usual in securing a provisional top 14 position, given the questionable weather forecast for Saturday at Le Mans. Gabriel Rodrigo made a fast start to his weekend, taking control of the session in the final couple of minutes and although there were plenty of red sectors on the timing screens for the final flying laps, no rival could beat his time. Darryn Binder came closest, one tenth of a second behind the Argentinian rider, while Jaume Masia dropped to third after intermittently leading the session.

Niccolò Antonelli and Deniz Öncü joined the top five, closely followed by Andrea Migno, although the Italian added a third crash of the day to his achievements, this time at turn 13. Compatriot Romano Fenati and Ryusei Yamanaka were the final riders to post a time within half a second of the leader, while Stefano Nepa and Ayumu Sasaki rounded out the top 10. The remaining places in the provisional top 14 were taken by Jason Dupasquier, FP1 leader John McPhee, Riccardo Rossi and Sergio Garcia, while Carlos Tatay missed out by a tenth of a second and was eight tenths slower than the leader.

The slight surprise of FP2 was championship leader Pedro Acosta, who dropped down the timesheets in the closing stages and finished 18th fastest, but bearing in mind that this was the rookie’s first day around Le Mans.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'42.150    
2 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'42.276 0.126 0.126
3 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'42.331 0.181 0.055
4 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'42.487 0.337 0.156
5 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'42.510 0.360 0.023
6 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'42.538 0.388 0.028
7 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'42.553 0.403 0.015
8 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'42.606 0.456 0.053
9 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'42.650 0.500 0.044
10 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'42.755 0.605 0.105
11 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'42.773 0.623 0.018
12 17 John McPhee Honda 1'42.890 0.740 0.117
13 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'42.892 0.742 0.002
14 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'42.915 0.765 0.023
15 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'43.036 0.886 0.121
16 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'43.136 0.986 0.100
17 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'43.181 1.031 0.045
18 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'43.229 1.079 0.048
19 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'43.233 1.083 0.004
20 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'43.247 1.097 0.014
21 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'43.249 1.099 0.002
22 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'43.280 1.130 0.031
23 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'43.321 1.171 0.041
24 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'43.490 1.340 0.169
25 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'43.613 1.463 0.123
26 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 1'44.032 1.882 0.419
27 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'44.079 1.929 0.047
28 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'44.234 2.084 0.155
29 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'44.758 2.608 0.524
Round Number: 
5
2021
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