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MotoGP France, Sprint: Martin Dominant to Take Second Straight Sprint Win

Gold and Goose

MotoGP arrives in France this weekend for the 2024 French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Despite crashing out of the previous Grand Prix in Spain, Jorge Martin leads the riders' standings ahead of this weekend.


Jorge Martin won the MotoGP Sprint in France, leading lights-to-flag after an exceptional start from pole position.

While Martin nailed his start, Francesco Bagnaia went backwards from second on the grid. By the end of lap one, Bagnaia was 15th, and he retired after going wide at Museum on lap four.

Maverick Vinales, 2024 MotoGP French Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Marc Marquez made a tremendous start and was sixth by the end of lap one. Cutting through some more riders and benefiting from others’ mistakes brought him up to second by the end, but two seconds adrift of Martin.

The closest anyone got to Martin was Marco Bezzecchi, who got to within half-a-second in the first half of the race, but he was over a second back before he crashed at turn nine.

Maverick Vinales was third, and was one of Marquez’ mid-race victims, but held off Enea Bastianini who went from 10th on the grid to finish fourth.

Aleix Espargaro was third off the line, but he’d jumped the start. A double long lap penalty dropped him to fifth.

Pedro Acosta took sixth place despite a huge front slide at the penultimate corner. He was ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio, Jack Miller, and Raul Fernandez who took the final point in ninth.

2024 MotoGP French Grand Prix | Bugatti Circuit | Sprint Result | Rd 5/21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP24WIN
2Marc MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP232.280
3Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GP4.174
4Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP244.798
5Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP7.698
6Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC169.185
7Fabio Di GiannantonioITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP2311.190
8Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC1611.516
9Raul FernandezESPTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP12.257
10Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M112.699
11Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP13.492
12Franco MorbidelliITAPramac RacingDucati GP2415.578
13Johann ZarcoFRACastrol Honda LCRHonda RC213V16.439
14Alex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP2316.816
15Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC1616.969
16Takaaki NakagamiJAPIdemitsu Honda LCRHonda RC213V19.123
17Augusto FernandezESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC1623.618
18Luca MariniITARepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V27.854
DNFFrancesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP24DNF
DNFMarco BezzecchiITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP23DNF
DNFAlex RinsESPMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M1DNF
DNFJoan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213VDNF


Jorge Martin set pole position with a new lap record and a milestone lap at that, as the #89 became the first rider to lap in the 1:29s around Le Mans on a MotoGP bike.

Martin's lap came in his first run, which was fortunate because multiple riders crashed on the second run. Martin was one of them, between turns three and four, Francesco Bagnaia was another at turn nine, Jack Miller also crashed, and so did Aleix Espargaro.

Francesco Bagnaia, 2024 MotoGP French Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Bagnaia hadn't had a front row before Le Mans this year, but his first lap was enough for second on the grid. He was chasing pole position on his final lap when he crashed at turn nine, a crash whose resultant yellow flags cost Enea Bastianini a potential pole position lap, before bike issues ended his session early and left the #23 in 10th.

Maverick Vinales was one of the riders to not crash, and he qualified third, ahead of the VR46 duo of Fabio Di Giannantonio and Marco Bezzecchi on fifth and sixth, repsectively, while Aleix Espargaro rounded out the second row.


Pedro Acosta qualified seventh, ahead of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli on row three, while Bastianini heads up row four from Jack Miller and Miguel Oliveira.

The major drama of Q1 was for Marc Marquez. He was fastest after his first run, which saw him set a time that would have been good enough for fourth on Friday. But the first flying lap of his second run was ruined by a huge front slide between turns two and three, and his second was ruined by a crash for Johann Zarco which brought out the yellow flags.

Brad Binder also fared poorly in Q1, having to switch to his second bike before he'd even set a lap time on his first bike and ending the session last on a 1:32.228.

2024 MotoGP French Grand Prix | Bugatti Circuit | FP2 Result | Rd 5/21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP241:29.919
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:30.111
3Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GP1:30.313
4Fabio Di GiannantonioITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:30.436
5Marco BezzecchiITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:30.553
6Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:30.572
7Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:30.650
8Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:30.686
9Franco MorbidelliITAPramac RacingDucati GP241:30.782
10Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:30.786
11Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:31.007
12Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:31.075
13Marc MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:30..586
14Raul FernandezESPTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:30.676
15Johann ZarcoFRACastrol Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:30.891
16Alex RinsESPMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:31.067
17Alex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:31.148
18Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:31.186
19Takaaki NakagamiJAPIdemitsu Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:31.274
20Augusto FernandezESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:31.473
21Luca MariniITARepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:31.837
22Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:32.228


Maverick Vinales topped the final practice session of the weekend in Le Mans, his 1:31.033 putting him just under a tenth clear of Francesco Bagnaia.

Jorge Martin, 2024 MotoGP French Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Enea Bastianini was third-fastest, and Jorge Martin fourth. Alex Marquez was fifth despite a crash, and each of the top five riders in FP2 led the session at some point.

Marc Marquez was sixth, ahead of Aleix Espargaro, Jack Miller, Raul Fernandez, and Franco Morbidelli who rounded out the top 10.

Joan Mir finished 19th, but was still within a second of Vinales, indicating the closeness of the field in Le Mans this weekend. In comparison, Mir's Repsol Honda teammate Luca Marini was last, and almost 0.7 seconds behind second-last Johann Zarco.

2024 MotoGP French Grand Prix | Bugatti Circuit | Qualifying Result | Rd 5/21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GP1:31.033
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:31.105
3Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:31.236
4Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP241:31.249
5Alex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:31.266
6Marc MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:31.343
7Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:31.386
8Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:31.399
9Raul FernandezESPTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:31.403
10Franco MorbidelliITAPramac RacingDucati GP241:31.419
11Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:31.427
12Augusto FernandezESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:31.427
13Fabio Di GiannantonioITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:31.443
14Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:31.466
15Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:31.556
16Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:31.678
17Marco BezzecchiITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:31.684
18Takaaki NakagamiJAPIdemitsu Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:31.692
19Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:31.813
20Alex RinsESPMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:32.054
21Johann ZarcoFRACastrol Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:32.085
22Luca MariniITARepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:32.775


Jorge Martin completed a sweep of the Friday sessions in Le Mans, topping Practice with a new lap record - 1:30.388 - after he was fastest in FP1, too.

Francesco Bagnaia, 2024 MotoGP French Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose

Francesco Bagnaia was second-fastest, just over a tenth shy of Martin, and half-a-tenth ahead of Pedro Acosta, the best KTM rider in third place.

Maverick Vinales was the best Aprilia rider in fourth, ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio in fifth. Jack Miller was sixth-fastest, ahead of Aleix Espargaro, Franco Morbidelli, Marco Bezzecchi, and Fabio Quartararo who delighted the home fans by getting himself directly into Q2.

Marc Marquez was unable to lap fast enough to get into Q2 in Practice, and neither was Brad Binder, who crashed three times on Friday.

2024 MotoGP French Grand Prix | Bugatti Circuit | PR Result | Rd 5/21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP241:30.388
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:30.533
3Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:30.575
4Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GP1:30.657
5Fabio Di GiannantonioITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:30.683
6Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:30.699
7Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:30.714
8Franco MorbidelliITAPramac RacingDucati GP241:30.763
9Marco BezzecchiITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:30.785
10Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:30.788
11Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:30.798
12Raul FernandezESPTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:30.839
13Marc MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:31.067
14Alex RinsESPMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:31.206
15Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:31.219
16Augusto FernandezESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:31.243
17Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:31.364
18Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:31.521
19Alex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:31.530
20Johann ZarcoFRACastrol Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:31.574
21Luca MariniITARepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:31.860
22Takaaki NakagamiJAPIdemitsu Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:32.131


Jorge Martin was fastest in MotoGP FP1 in France, but he could have gone even faster. After three splits on his final lap, he was 0.2 seconds under his best time, but he ran wide at the penultimate corner which meant he had to make do with a 1:31.421.

Pedro Acosta, 2024 MotoGP French Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

That still put him over 0.2 seconds clear of Pedro Acosta, who bounced back from his grueling Spanish GP Sunday well to finish second-fastest in FP1. Maverick Vinales was third, making it three brands - Ducati, KTM, Aprilia - in the top three.

The two factory Ducati riders, Enea Bastianini and Francesco Bagnaia, were fourth and fifth, respectively, ahead of Alex Marquez, who set a time good enough for second-fastest, but a crash for Brad Binder in Les Esse Bleu brought out yellow flags which cancelled that lap and meant his FP1 result was sixth.

Aleix Espargaro was seventh, ahead of the aforementioned Binder, while Marc Marquez and Marco Bezzecchi rounded out the top 10.

Full MotoGP results from FP1 in France are below.

2024 MotoGP French Grand Prix | Bugatti Circuit | FP1 Result | Rd 5/21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP241:31.421
2Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:31.658
3Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GP1:31.678
4Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:31.837
5Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:31.852
6Alex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:31.896
7Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:31.911
8Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:31.942
9Marc MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:31.971
10Marco BezzecchiITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:31.980
11Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:32.035
12Franco MorbidelliITAPramac RacingDucati GP241:32.070
13Alex RinsESPMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:32.112
14Raul FernandezESPTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:32.221
15Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:32.286
16Johann ZarcoFRACastrol Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:32.403
17Augusto FernandezESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:32.433
18Fabio Di GiannantonioITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:32.546
19Takaaki NakagamiJAPIdemitsu Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:32.585
20Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:32.698
21Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:33.008
22Luca MariniITARepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:33.350

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