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Moto2 France, Qualifying: Canet Through Q1 to Pole

Gold and Goose

Round five of the 2024 Moto2 World Championship sees the French Grand Prix take place at Le Mans. Joe Roberts arrives in France with the points lead, and off the back of three consecutive second places.


Aron Canet was down in 16th after Saturday morning's P2 session, but the determined Spaniard came through Q1 to take pole position for the Moto2 French Grand Prix by over a tenth.

There was some late pressure from Fermin Aldeguer on Canet's time, but the #54 couldn't work out sector four. That meant the only problem for Canet was a crash in the final minute, which saw him leaving the scene on one leg, having broken his ankle during practice in Spain two weeks ago.

Manuel Gonzalez, 2024 Moto2 French Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Aldeguer's fourth sector struggles meant the best he could do was 12th, and the rider closest to Canet was Joe Roberts, while Sergio Garcia completed the front row.

Albert Arenas was fourth, ahead of Alonso Lopez and Manuel Gonzalez, who was in the 1:34s to break the lap record in P2 but could only manage a 1:35.453 in Q2.

Izan Guevara took the same route as Canet to Q2, and took seventh place once he got there ahead of Senna Agiu and Filip Salac who crashed at the end of the session.

Tony Arbolino rounded out the qualifying top 10, and he will be joined by Jake Dixon and the aforementioned Aldeguer on row four.

2024 Moto2 French Grand Prix | Bugatti Circuit | Qualifying Results | Rd 5/21
PosRiderNat.Moto2 TeamManufacturerTiming
1Aron CanetESPFantic RacingKalex1:35.037
2Joe RobertsUSAAmerican RacingKalex1:35.173
3Sergio GarciaESPMT Helmets MSIBoscoscuro1:35.248
4Albert ArenasESPQJ Motor Gresini Moto2Kalex1:35.377
5Alonso LopezESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1:35.437
6Manuel GonzalezESPQJ Motor Gresini Moto2Kalex1:35.453
7Izan GuevaraESPCFMoto Aspar TeamKalex1:35.599
8Senna AgiusAUSLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPKalex1:35.610
9Filip SalacCZEElf Marc VDS Racing TeamKalex1:35.563
10Tony ArbolinoITAElf Marc VDS Racing TeamKalex1:35.775
11Jake DixonGBRCFMoto Aspar TeamKalex1:35.808
12Fermin AldeguerESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1:35.834
13Somkiat ChantraTHAIdemitsu Honda Team AsiaKalex1:35.849
14Jeremy AlcobaESPYamaha VR46 Master Camp TeamKalex1:35.849
15Zonta van den GoorberghNEDRW Racing GPKalex1:35.864
16Barry BaltusBELRW Racing GPKalex1:35.960
17Ai OguraJAPMT Helmets MSIBoscoscuro1:36.088
18Marcos RamirezESPAmerican RacingKalex1:37.148
19Darryn BinderRSALiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPKalex1:35.947
20Jaume MasiaESPPertamina Mandalika Gas Up TeamKalex1:36.020
21Diogo MoreiraBRAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1:36.067
22Deniz OncuTURRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1:36.252
23Ayumu SasakiJAPYamaha VR46 Master Camp TeamKalex1:36.443
24Daniel MunozESPPertamina Mandalika Gas Up TeamForward1:36.476
25Xavi CardelusANDFantic RacingKalex1:36.622
26Jorge NavarroESPForward Racing TeamForward1:37.215
27Dennis FoggiaITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1:37.236
28Xavi ArtigasESPForward Racing TeamForward1:37.498


Manuel Gonzalez topped Moto2 P2 with a time set more than five minutes from the end of the session. The Spaniard was the first rider to lap in under 1:35 on a Moto2 bike at Le Mans, and was the only rider to do so by the end of the session.

Sergio Garcia, 2024 Moto2 French Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Gonzalez' 1:34.868 put him over 0.2 seconds clear of second-placed Sergio Garcia, who set a new lap record in P1 on Friday afternoon. Garcia was 0.015 seconds ahead of Jeremy Alcoba, third on the Yamaha VR46 MasterCamp bike.

Joe Roberts was fourth, ahead of stop-start enthusiast Somkiat Chantra and Alonso Lopez, who kicked off this weekend of lap record breaking pace in FP on Friday morning but was only sixth by the end of P2.

Filip Salac was seventh, ahead of Marcos Ramirez, Fermin Aldeguer, and Tony Arbolino who completed the top 10. Ai Ogura, Jake Dixon, Albert Arenas, and Barry Baltus took the final four Q2 spots.

2024 Moto2 French Grand Prix | Bugatti Circuit | P2 Results | Rd 5/21
PosRiderNat.Moto2 TeamManufacturerTiming
1Manuel GonzalezESPQJ Motor Gresini Moto2Kalex1:34.868
2Sergio GarciaESPMT Helmets MSIBoscoscuro1:35.095
3Jeremy AlcobaESPYamaha VR46 Master Camp TeamKalex1:35.110
4Joe RobertsUSAAmerican RacingKalex1:35.222
5Somkiat ChantraTHAIdemitsu Honda Team AsiaKalex1:35.231
6Alonso LopezESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1:35.240
7Filip SalacCZEElf Marc VDS Racing TeamKalex1:35.308
8Marcos RamirezESPAmerican RacingKalex1:35.303
9Fermin AldeguerESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1:35.338
10Tony ArbolinoITAElf Marc VDS Racing TeamKalex1:35.346
11Ai OguraJAPMT Helmets MSIBoscoscuro1:35.356
12Jake DixonGBRCFMoto Aspar TeamKalex1:35.456
13Albert ArenasESPQJ Motor Gresini Moto2Kalex1:35.496
14Barry BaltusBELRW Racing GPKalex1:35.524
15Zonta van den GoorberghNEDRW Racing GPKalex1:35.545
16Aron CanetESPFantic RacingKalex1:35.657
17Izan GuevaraESPCFMoto Aspar TeamKalex1:35.694
18Jaume MasiaESPPertamina Mandalika Gas Up TeamKalex1:35.734
19Senna AgiusAUSLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPKalex1:35.789
20Deniz OncuTURRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1:35.963
21Darryn BinderRSALiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPKalex1:35.967
22Dennis FoggiaITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1:36.112
23Ayumu SasakiJAPYamaha VR46 Master Camp TeamKalex1:36.441
24Daniel MunozESPPertamina Mandalika Gas Up TeamForward1:36.568
25Diogo MoreiraBRAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1:36.633
26Xavi CardelusANDFantic RacingKalex1:36.936
27Jorge NavarroESPForward Racing TeamForward1:37.087
28Xavi ArtigasESPForward Racing TeamForward1:37.147


Sergio Garcia replaced Alonso Lopez as the Moto2 lap record holder at Le Mans in P1 at the French Grand Prix.

Alonso Lopez, Moto2, French MotoGP, 10 May 2024

Garcia's 1:35.473 undercut Lopez' 1:35.556 set in FP1 in the morning. Lopez was unable to respond due to a late crash, but finished second anyway.

Fermin Aldeguer was third, ahead of Manuel Gonzalez, Joe Roberts, Ai Ogura, Barry Baltus, Somkiat Chantra, Aron Canet, and Tony Arbolino who complete the top 10. Jeremy Alcoba, Senna Agius, Marcos Ramirez, and Filip Salac took the final four provisional Q2 positions.

After his crash in FP1, Alex Escrig was declared unfit for the weekend. He joins Bo Bendsneyder and Celestino Vietti on the sidelines. Vietti is not replaced at Red Bull KTM Ajo, while Daniel Munoz has replaced Bendsneyder at the Gas Up team.

2024 Moto2 French Grand Prix | Bugatti Circuit | P1 Results | Rd 5/21
PosRiderNat.Moto2 TeamManufacturerTiming
1Sergio GarciaESPMT Helmets MSIBoscoscuro1:35.473
2Alonso LopezESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1:35.549
3Fermin AldeguerESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1:35.765
4Manuel GonzalezESPQJ Motor Gresini Moto2Kalex1:35.780
5Joe RobertsUSAAmerican RacingKalex1:35.783
6Ai OguraJAPMT Helmets MSIBoscoscuro1:35.842
7Barry BaltusBELRW Racing GPKalex1:36.023
8Somkiat ChantraTHAIdemitsu Honda Team AsiaKalex1:36.046
9Aron CanetESPFantic RacingKalex1:36.144
10Tony ArbolinoITAElf Marc VDS Racing TeamKalex1:36.184
11Jeremy AlcobaESPYamaha VR46 Master Camp TeamKalex1:36.278
12Senna AgiusAUSLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPKalex1:36.295
13Marcos RamirezESPAmerican RacingKalex1:36.297
14Filip SalacCZEElf Marc VDS Racing TeamKalex1:36.314
15Zonta van den GoorberghNEDRW Racing GPKalex1:36.335
16Albert ArenasESPQJ Motor Gresini Moto2Kalex1:36.338
17Izan GuevaraESPCFMoto Aspar TeamKalex1:36.480
18Jaume MasiaESPPertamina Mandalika Gas Up TeamKalex1:36.602
19Diogo MoreiraBRAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1:36.633
20Jake DixonGBRCFMoto Aspar TeamKalex1:36.799
21Daniel MunozESPPertamina Mandalika Gas Up TeamForward1:36.931
22Dennis FoggiaITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1:36.934
23Deniz OncuTURRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1:36.991
24Darryn BinderRSALiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPKalex1:37.125
25Xavi CardelusANDFantic RacingKalex1:37.242
26Ayumu SasakiJAPYamaha VR46 Master Camp TeamKalex1:37.740
27Xavi ArtigasESPForward Racing TeamForward1:38.486


Alonso Lopez broke the Moto2 lap record at Le Mans to top FP1 at the French Grand Prix by just under two-tenths-of-a-second.

Ai Ogura, 2024 Moto2 French Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Fermin Aldeguer, off the back of his first win of the season in Spain, was second-fastest on the second of the Boscoscuro machines. The two MT Helmets MSI Boscoscuros of Ai Ogura and Sergio Garcia were fifth and sixth respectively.

Kalexes of Joe Roberts and Manuel Gonzalez were third and fourth, while Barry Baltus, Jake Dixon, Tony Arbolino, and Marcos Ramirez rounded out the top 10.

Full Moto2 results from FP1 in France are below.

2024 Moto2 French Grand Prix | Bugatti Circuit | FP1 Results | Rd 5/21
PosRiderNat.Moto2 TeamManufacturerTiming
1Alonso LopezESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1:35.556
2Fermin AldeguerESPSpeedUp RacingBoscoscuro1:35.711
3Joe RobertsUSAAmerican RacingKalex1:35.940
4Manuel GonzalezESPQJ Motor Gresini Moto2Kalex1:36.017
5Ai OguraJAPMT Helmets MSIBoscoscuro1:36.160
6Sergio GarciaESPMT Helmets MSIBoscoscuro1:36.187
7Barry BaltusBELRW Racing GPKalex1:36.245
8Jake DixonGBRCFMoto Aspar TeamKalex1:36.285
9Tony ArbolinoITAElf Marc VDS Racing TeamKalex1:36.369
10Marcos RamirezESPAmerican RacingKalex1:36.410
11Somkiat ChantraTHAIdemitsu Honda Team AsiaKalex1:36.495
12Filip SalacCZEElf Marc VDS Racing TeamKalex1:36.516
13Dennis FoggiaITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1:36.573
14Aron CanetESPFantic RacingKalex1:36.624
15Zonta van den GoorberghNEDRW Racing GPKalex1:36.633
16Senna AgiusAUSLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPKalex1:36.654
17Albert ArenasESPQJ Motor Gresini Moto2Kalex1:36.681
18Jeremy AlcobaESPYamaha VR46 Master Camp TeamKalex1:36.787
19Darryn BinderRSALiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPKalex1:36.904
20Jaume MasiaESPPertamina Mandalika Gas Up TeamKalex1:36.938
21Diogo MoreiraBRAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex1:36.952
22Izan GuevaraESPCFMoto Aspar TeamKalex1:37.169
23Deniz OncuTURRed Bull KTM AjoKalex1:37.259
24Ayumu SasakiJAPYamaha VR46 Master Camp TeamKalex1:37.272
25Daniel MunozESPPertamina Mandalika Gas Up TeamForward1:37.600
26Xavi CardelusANDFantic RacingKalex1:38.126
27Alex EscrigESPForward Racing TeamForward1:38.696
28Xavi ArtigasESPForward Racing TeamForward1:38.961

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