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French MotoGP Qualifying Results | Bagnaia on pole as last gasp Le Mans flyer denies Marquez


Pecco Bagnaia produced a champion's performance to secure pole position for the French MotoGP Sprint and Feature Races, his last gasp effort at Le Mans dislodging a similarly impressive Marc Marquez

On weekend that has seen the 2023 MotoGP World Championship leader maintain a fairly low profile relative to his rivals, Bagnaia stepped up his pace when it mattered to turn in a 1m 30.705secs lap with his final effort.

It was enough to deny Marquez a satisfying pole position on his return to action from injury, the Repsol Honda rider nonetheless making a big impression en route to second position.


The Spaniard endured a shaky start to his first MotoGP race weekend in almost two months on Friday with two Practice crashes - including one which destroyed his Honda RC213V - threatening to check his confidence come qualifying.

However, in true Marquez-style, he doubled down in Q2, using Jorge Martin as a reference from a respectable distance behind to leapfrog to the head of the timesheets in the closing stages.

Looking on course to make it two-from-two having begun his 2023 MotoGP campaign with a pole in Portimao, in the end Marquez's joy was dashed by a scintillating lap from Bagnaia.

Anchored by a rapid final sector split, Bagnaia nudged ahead of Marquez by 0.058s to secure his second pole position of the season.

Capitalising from having shadowed Bagnaia for his final time attack, VR46 Ducati's Luca Marini lifted himself onto the front row, the Italian impressing when it mattered having also come through a competitive Q1 session prior to Q2.

The late advance of Bagnaia and Marini meant Practice pace setter Jack Miller was pushed back onto the second row, the Australian unable to find the killer late form that had him pinned as the pre-qualifying favourite for pole.

Jorge Martin completed the top five on the best of the Pramac Ducatis, ahead of a frustrated Maverick Vinales in sixth place. Quickest in the preceding FP3 session, Vinales led proceedings after the first wave of Q2 laps but missed out on the chance to improve after his Aprilia RS-GP came to a stop with technical gremlins as he was leaving the pit-lane.

He wasn't the only Aprilia rider in trouble either with team-mate Aleix Espargaro suffering a fast fall on the way into the flat Turn 1 right-hander to put him out of action in the final minutes.

Behind Vinales, Marco Bezzecchi, Alex Marquez and Johann Zarco make up row three, with Brad Binder completing the top ten on the second of the factory KTMs.


He is joined on row four by the sidelined Espargaro and Augusto Fernandez, the rookie scoring a career-best 12th on the grid after causing an upset by breaking out of Q1 for the first time.

A welcome boost for the embattled GasGas squad on Tech3 Racing's home soil, Fernandez efforts came at the expense of home hero Fabio Quartararo, whose struggles over a single lap continued at Le Mans as he fell short with the third best lap in Q1, thus leaving him 13th on the grid.

French MotoGP | Qualifying Results

Q1 & Q2 Results | Le Mans | Conditions - Dry, Overcast, Cool
2023 French MotoGP | Le Mans, France | Qualifying Results | Round 5 of 20
1Pecco BagnaiaITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 30.705
2Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 30.763
3Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 30.842
4Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 30.984
5Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 31.023
6Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.120
7Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 31.173
8Alex MarquezESPGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 31.275
9Johann ZarcoFRAPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 31.298
10Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 31.445
11Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.523
12Augusto FernandezESPGasGas Factory Tech 3KTM RC161m 31.596
13Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 31.366
14Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 31.545
15Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 31.718
16Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 31.810
17Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 31.886
18Alex RinsESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 31.959
19Danilo PetrucciITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 32.092
20Lorenzo SavadoriITACryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 32.410
21Jonas FolgerGERGasGas Factory Tech 3KTM RC161m 33.804
WRaul FernandezESPCryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP

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