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Moto3 France, Qualifying: Alonso Takes third Straight Pole Despite Holgado Pressure

Gold and Goose

The Moto3 French Grand Prix takes place this weekend, two weeks on from Collin Veijer taking victory in Spain. David Alonso has generally been the dominant force in the class of late, though, and he continued that throughout practice at Le Mans, setting lap record times in all three practice sessions.


David Alonso continued his perfect French weekend by taking pole position and setting yet another lap record.

Alonso's 1:40.114 was just 0.007 seconds faster than the lap record he set in P2 on Saturday morning, but he needed such strong speed because Dani Holgado lowered his own pace to the low-1:40s. Holgado's 1:40.125 was not enough for pole, but it's the closest anyone has been to the #80 all weekend.

Daniel Holgado, 2024 Moto3 French Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Jose Antonio Rueda completed the front row, ahead of Adrian Fernandez, Collin Veijer, and Ivan Ortola who are all on row two.

Joel Kelso heads up row three, ahead of David Munoz and Angel Piqueras on that third row, while Ryusei Yamanaka completed the qualifying top 10 - ahead of Jacob Roulstone and Scott Ogden who round out row four.

Full Moto3 results from qualifying in France are below.

2024 Moto3 French Grand Prix | Bugatti Circuit | Qualifying Results | Rd 5/21
PosRiderNat.Moto3 TeamManufacturerTiming
1David AlonsoCOLCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:40.114
2Dani HolgadoESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1:40.125
3Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1:40.426
4Adrian FernandezESPLeopard RacingHonda1:40.777
5Collin VeijerNEDLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:40.793
6Ivan OrtolaESPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:40.860
7Joel KelsoAUSBOE MotorsportsKTM1:40.878
8David MunozESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1:41.025
9Angel PiquerasESPLeopard RacingHonda1:41.040
10Ryusei YamanakaJAPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:41.056
11Jacob RoulstoneAUSRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1:41.092
12Scott OgdenGBRMLav RacingHonda1:41.135
13Riccardo RossiITACIP Green PowerKTM1:41.160
14Tatsuki SuzukiJAPLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:41.204
15Luca LunettaITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:41.221
16Xabi ZurutuzaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1:41.263
17Joel EstebanESPCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:41.365
18Taiyo FurusatoJAPHonda Team AsiaHonda1:41.382
19Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:41.746
20Nicola CarraroESPMTA TeamKTM1:41.755
21Filippo FarioliITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:41.771
22David AlmansaESPRivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:41.902
23Stefano NepaITAMTA TeamKTM1:42.008
24Noah DettwilerSUICIP Green PowerKTM1:42.466
25Josh WhatleyGBRMLav RacingHonda1:42.495
26Tatchakorn BuasriMLYHonda Team AsiaHonda1:42.670


Just as in Austin and Jerez, David Alonso completed a sweep of the practice sessions at the French Grand Prix in Le Mans. Alonso set a lap record in FP on Friday morning, in P1 on Friday afternoon, and again in Saturday morning's half-hour P3 session, this time at a 1:40.121.

David Alonso, 2024 Moto3 French Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Collin Veijer was the closest rider to the #80, 0.4 seconds back in second place, ahead of Ryusei Yamanaka.

Alonso's time in FP was the first ever 1:40 lap time set by a Moto3 bike in Le Mans, but by the end of P2 there were eight riders under the 1:41 barrier. Behind Yamanaka, Angel Piqueras, Joel Esteban, Joel Kelso, Jose Antonio Rueda, and Riccardo Rossi were all in the 1:40s.

Xabi Zurutuza missed out on that milestone by 0.025 seconds, finishing P2 in ninth, ahead of Ivan Ortola who completed the top 10. The final four direct Q2 spots were taken by Adrian Fernandez, Taiyo Furusato Dani Holgao, and David Munoz.

2024 Moto3 French Grand Prix | Bugatti Circuit | P2 Results | Rd 5/21
PosRiderNat.Moto3 TeamManufacturerTiming
1David AlonsoCOLCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:40.121
2Collin VeijerNEDLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:40.523
3Ryusei YamanakaJAPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:40.597
4Angel PiquerasESPLeopard RacingHonda1:40.620
5Joel EstebanESPCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:40.875
6Joel KelsoAUSBOE MotorsportsKTM1:40.892
7Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1:40.935
8Riccardo RossiITACIP Green PowerKTM1:40.954
9Xabi ZurutuzaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1:41.024
10Ivan OrtolaESPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:41.095
11Adrian FernandezESPLeopard RacingHonda1:41.123
12Taiyo FurusatoJAPHonda Team AsiaHonda1:41.158
13Dani HolgadoESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1:41.171
14David MunozESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1:41.174
15David AlmansaESPRivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:41.239
16Stefano NepaITAMTA TeamKTM1:41.245
17Nicola CarraroESPMTA TeamKTM1:41.250
18Tatsuki SuzukiJAPLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:41.308
19Scott OgdenGBRMLav RacingHonda1:41.376
20Filippo FarioliITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:41.397
21Jacob RoulstoneAUSRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1:41.413
22Luca LunettaITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:41.475
23Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:41.665
24Noah DettwilerSUICIP Green PowerKTM1:42.118
25Tatchakorn BuasriMLYHonda Team AsiaHonda1:42.862
26Josh WhatleyGBRMLav RacingHonda1:43.039


David Alonso went faster again in Moto3 FP2 in France. After breaking the lap record in FP1, he set another new record in FP2 at 1:40.470. This time, though, the top nine were able to get within a second of the Colombian.

David Alonso, 2024 Moto3 French Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

The closest to him was Joel Esteban on the second Aspar CFMoto, ahead of Dani Holgado on the Tech3 GasGas. Jose Antonio Rueda, returning this weekend after missing both Texas and Spain through illness, was fourth, and Collin Veijer ensured that all four Pierer Mobility Group brands were represented in the top five, despite a crash.


Riccardo Rossi was sixth, ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki and Angel Piqueras, the lone Honda in the top 10 this afternoon. Joel Kelso was ninth, and Jacob Roulstone rounded out the top 10. Ryusei Yamanaka, David Munoz, Ivan Ortola, and Taiyo Furusato were the final four riders in provisionally in the top 14 overnight.

2024 Moto3 French Grand Prix | Bugatti Circuit | FP2 Results | Rd 5/21
PosRiderNat.Moto3 TeamManufacturerTiming
1David AlonsoCOLCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:40.470
2Joel EstebanESPCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:40.950
3Dani HolgadoESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1:41.056
4Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1:41.201
5Collin VeijerNEDLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:41.215
6Riccardo RossiITACIP Green PowerKTM1:41.303
7Tatsuki SuzukiJAPLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:41.310
8Angel PiquerasESPLeopard RacingHonda1:41.339
9Joel KelsoAUSBOE MotorsportsKTM1:41.356
10Jacob RoulstoneAUSRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1:41.453
11Ryusei YamanakaJAPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:41.521
12David MunozESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1:41.626
13Ivan OrtolaESPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:41.629
14Taiyo FurusatoJAPHonda Team AsiaHonda1:41.634
15Adrian FernandezESPLeopard RacingHonda1:41.667
16Xabi ZurutuzaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1:41.728
17Nicola CarraroESPMTA TeamKTM1:41.756
18Stefano NepaITAMTA TeamKTM1:41.786
19Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:41.860
20Noah DettwilerSUICIP Green PowerKTM1:41.884
21Filippo FarioliITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:42.010
22Scott OgdenGBRMLav RacingHonda1:42.156
23Luca LunettaITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:42.672
24David AlmansaESPRivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:42.879
25Josh WhatleyGBRMLav RacingHonda1:43.328
26Tatchakorn BuasriMLYHonda Team AsiaHonda1:43.571


David Alonso was fastest in Moto3 FP1 in France, breaking the lap record - set by Jaume Masia in 2020 - by over 0.6 seconds. Only Filippo Farioli and Scott Ogden were able to lap within a second of Alonso's best pace, reminiscent of the Colombian's practice performance two weeks ago in Moto3 Spanish Grand Prix practice.

Scott Ogden, 2024 Moto3 French Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Dani Holgado was fourth-fastest, ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki, Xabi Zurutuza, David Munoz, Ryusei Yamanaka, Joel Kelso, and Spain winner Collin Veijer who rounded out the top 10.

Full Moto3 results from FP1 in France are below.

2024 Moto3 French Grand Prix | Bugatti Circuit | FP1 Results | Rd 5/21
PosRiderNat.Moto3 TeamManufacturerTiming
1David AlonsoCOLCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:40.792
2Filippo FarioliITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:41.580
3Scott OgdenGBRMLav RacingHonda1:41.779
4Dani HolgadoESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1:41.838
5Tatsuki SuzukiJAPLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:41.855
6Xabi ZurutuzaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1:41.859
7David MunozESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1:41.862
8Ryusei YamanakaJAPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:41.885
9Joel KelsoAUSBOE MotorsportsKTM1:41.906
10Collin VeijerNEDLiqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPHusqvarna1:41.921
11Riccardo RossiITACIP Green PowerKTM1:42.006
12Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1:42.081
13Taiyo FurusatoJAPHonda Team AsiaHonda1:42.118
14Stefano NepaITAMTA TeamKTM1:42.184
15Adrian FernandezESPLeopard RacingHonda1:42.275
16Jacob RoulstoneAUSRed Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1:42.295
17Nicola CarraroESPMTA TeamKTM1:42.335
18David AlmansaESPRivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:42.390
19Angel PiquerasESPLeopard RacingHonda1:42.392
20Joel EstebanESPCFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1:42.398
21Josh WhatleyGBRMLav RacingHonda1:42.523
22Ivan OrtolaESPMT Helmets MSIKTM1:42.761
23Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1:43.108
24Luca LunettaITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1:43.142
25Noah DettwilerSUICIP Green PowerKTM1:43.582
26Tatchakorn BuasriMLYHonda Team AsiaHonda1:44.110

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