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French MotoGP Practice 2 Results | Miller stamps mark at Le Mans in crash-fest P2


Jack Miller continued to stamp his mark on proceedings at Le Mans as he concluded a successful first day of Practice for the 2023 French MotoGP with another new benchmark in P2.

Having set the pace in the sunnier P1 session this morning, despite coming up against cooler conditions in P2, the Australian turned up the heat in the closing stages with a 1m 30.950secs effort.

The only rider to dip below 1m 31secs, Miller's performance around the French venue - where he collected a victory with Ducati in 2021 - consolidated an excellent start to the weekend for the KTM fold as a whole, in part because neither he nor Factory Racing team-mate Brad Binder suffered any offs.


Indeed, Le Mans - with its tricky camber changes and slick asphalt - lived up to its reputation as a 'bike breaker' with no less than six accidents occurring in the first 10mins of the hour-long session.

These included two of the eventual top four at the end of the session with Aleix Espargaro and Jorge Martin both recovering to second and fourth by the flag.

Marco Bezzecchi squeezed between them in third place as the best of the Ducati contingent, while Johann Zarco flew the flag for France at home in fifth.

However, this was in stark contrast to Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo, who could only watch his name drop down the order in the final minutes to end the day 12th. It means the 2021 MotoGP World Champion will have to qualify for his home event via Q1 once again.

Maverick Vinales consolidated Aprilia Racing's decent day in sixth place, ahead of Binder on the second of the KTM RC16s. Marc Marquez was a solid eighth on his return to action, even if he did all-but-destroy his Honda RC213V in the final seconds with an off at Turn 7. Though the bike was left in pieces after digging into the gravel, Marquez himself walked away unhurt.

Championship leader Pecco Bagnaia endured a tricky afternoon with more than one off-line moment, though he'd rescue ninth at the flag, ahead of Alex Marquez in the tenth and final Q2 spot.

Of those forced into tomorrow's morning's Q1 session, Luca Marini missed the cut by just 0.003secs in 11th, ahead of Quartararo and Joan Mir, the Spaniard also giving his Repsol Honda mechanics work to do after a sizeable crash early on in the session.

Augusto Fernandez enjoyed his best start to a MotoGP weekend in 15th, the Tech 3 GasGas rider sandwiched between the LCR Hondas of Alex Rins and Takaaki Nakagami.

French MotoGP | Friday Practice Results

P1 + P2 Results Combined | Le Mans | Conditions - Dry, Sunny, Cool
2023 French MotoGP | Le Mans, France | Practice 2 Results | Round 5 of 20
1Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 30.950
2Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.069
3Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 31.150
4Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 31.235
5Johann ZarcoFRAPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 31.276
6Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.342
7Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 31.352
8Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 31.432
9Pecco BagnaiaITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 31.467
10Alex MarquezESPGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 31.508
11Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 31.511
12Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 31.650
13Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 31.800
14Alex RinsESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 31.942
15Augusto FernandezESPGasGas Factory Tech 3KTM RC161m 31.990
16Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 31.998
17Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 32.143
18Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 32.311
19Danilo PetrucciITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 33.022
20Lorenzo SavadoriITACryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 33.489
21Jonas FolgerGERGasGas Factory Tech 3KTM RC161m 33.672
WRaul FernandezESPCryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP

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