Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Le Mans:
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If the not-wet-enough not-dry-enough surface did not convince premier class riders to stick to the comfort of their garage, Marc Marquez’s early tumble on slicks definitely sent that message. If the master of changing conditions wasn’t too keen, everyone else took their time before properly sampling the conditions.
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The rain that drizzled all throughout the morning faded as the intermediate class took to the track and the surface dried to the point that slicks were a tempting option, splitting the timesheets between those who did and those who didn’t. Steven Odendaal definitely did and led the way by a mere three hundredths of a second from Augusto Fernandez. Dominique Aegerter was another name that had been missing from the business end this season and slicks helped him finally make an appearance in third spot.
The first properly wet session of the year for the premier class came as predicted on Saturday morning at Le Mans and it saw most of the usual suspects shining under the cloud cover. The Yamahas came to the surface like earthworms after rain at the start of the session but rivals picked up some speed on the final run and it turned into a tasty Yamaha-Honda-Ducati battle. Maverick Vinales carried the flag for the blue bikes and ended the session in the lead by nearly two tenths of a second from the master of tricky conditions, Marc Marquez.
The promise of rain materialised ahead of the first session of the day and for the lightweight class that meant a wet track, slow motion footage of slides and the occasional excursion into damp gravel. While rainfall was not particularly heavy, it did mean that FP2 gave us the final line-up for the two qualifying sessions, leaving riders to concentrate on their wet weather riding.
With the darkening clouds edging ever closer throughout the final session of the day, it was lucky that the intermediate class got a full afternoon of dry running. Brad Binder in particular made the best of the track time available and brought KTM and their new chassis back into the limelight by taking the lead in FP2 as the checkered flag came out. After a pretty excellent FP1, Remy Gardner confirmed that no bruises or burns were going to keep him away from the fight and as proof, he finished the day five hundredths of a second down on the leader.
The premier class was straight out of the gates when the light turned green with the overcast sky giving some minor cause for concern. Marc Marquez took this opportunity to sample the hard rear tyre and dragged a decent result out of it by taking charge of the session while most people fancied the medium. Fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow was the only other rider tempted by the hard, while Yamaha picked the mediums and Ducati flirted with the soft.