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Ducati: Petrucci podium "very important" as 2020 decision looms

Ducati's sporting director Paolo Ciabatti says Danilo Petrucci's podium finish in Le Mans was “very important”, as the Italian manufacturer approaches decision time for its 2020 MotoGP line-up.

Rins: Suzuki needs to address Le Mans weakness

Alex Rins has called on his Suzuki team to address its struggles at Le Mans, after an underwhelming French Grand Prix showing put a dent in his emerging MotoGP title challenge.

Aggressive Petrucci has "different view of racing" - Espargaro

Pol Espargaro says MotoGP rival Danilo Petrucci has a “different view of racing”, after the Italian broke a winglet against Espargaro while making an overtake in the French Grand Prix.

Rossi: Yamaha has "very big" power deficit in 2019

Valentino Rossi says he "suffered very much" on the straights in the 2019 French Grand Prix at Le Mans, with his Yamaha lacking top speed compared to rival bikes.

Espargaro: Aprilia's Le Mans pace "really painful"

Aprilia MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro said it was “really painful” to finish nearly half a minute behind race winner Marc Marquez in the French Grand Prix.

Marquez: New Honda gives me more ways of going fast

Marc Marquez says the 2019 Honda MotoGP bike allows him to be more versatile than on last year's version, as he can now use “two or three different riding styles”.

Lorenzo: LCR comparison shows my progress with Honda

Honda MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo feels being able to compete with the satellite LCR bikes in Le Mans demonstrated his progress, even if the result wasn't a major improvement.

Quartararo gambled with "time attack" mode during French GP

MotoGP rookie sensation Fabio Quartararo revealed that he turned his bike into qualifying mode during the French Grand Prix, without worrying about whether his tyres would last.

Abraham "really upset" after synchronised formation lap crash

Karel Abraham was left “really upset” by the synchronised crash on the formation lap of the French Grand Prix, in which he fell and was hit by Joan Mir's Suzuki.

Miller admits he "got carried away" battling Marquez

Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider Jack Miller says he fell out of the French Grand Prix podium positions because he "got carried away" racing Marc Marquez and damaged his tyres.

Espargaro: 5.9s gap to Marquez "unbelievable" for young KTM team

Pol Espargaro said that finishing 5.9s behind Marc Marquez in sixth place in MotoGP's French Grand Prix was "unbelievable".

Dovizioso glad Ducati didn't use 'F1-style' team orders

Andrea Dovizioso says he had no qualms about his Ducati MotoGP team allowing his squadmate Danilo Petrucci to fight him at Le Mans instead of deploying team orders like “in Formula 1”.

Petrucci "very, very scared" to hit Dovizioso in Le Mans fight

Ducati factory rider Danilo Petrucci said that he was "very, very scared" to hit his teammate Andrea Dovizioso while attacking him for second in MotoGP's French Grand Prix.

Le Mans MotoGP: Marquez wins after fighting off Ducatis

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez eased to his third victory of the campaign at Le Mans, recording Honda's 300th win in grand prix motorcycle racing's premier class.

The Le Mans MotoGP race as it happened

Follow the MotoGP action from the French Grand Prix at Le Mans as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Le Mans MotoGP: Quartararo leads Marquez in warm-up

SRT Yamaha rookie Fabio Quartararo set the pace in the Sunday morning MotoGP warm-up session at Le Mans, followed by pole-sitter Marc Marquez.

Marquez: Qualifying crash a result of my strategy

Le Mans MotoGP pole-sitter Marc Marquez said that his qualifying crash was a consequence of his strategy, as he fell on the lap where he went all-in.

Espargaro "applauds" Rossi for brave Q1 call

Aleix Espargaro says he “applauds” MotoGP rival Valentino Rossi for the bold strategy that allowed the Yamaha rider to advance from the first segment of qualifying at Le Mans.

Crutchlow: "Stupid rule" deciding Q2 spots not liked by riders

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow says MotoGP riders would overwhelmingly back a change to the “stupid rule” that awards spots in Q2 on the basis of combined times from practice.

Zarco: Le Mans pole possible if not for Q1 strategy error

KTM MotoGP rider Johann Zarco claimed that he could have been in the mix for pole position in the qualifying session at Le Mans if not for a mistake in strategy in Q1.

Le Mans MotoGP: Marquez secures pole despite crashing

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez secured pole position for the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, despite crashing his Honda immediately after his fastest lap.

Le Mans MotoGP qualifying as it happened

Follow the MotoGP action from the French Grand Prix at Le Mans as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Le Mans MotoGP: Vinales tops wet FP3, Rossi and Rins to Q1

Maverick Vinales set the pace in a wet third MotoGP free practice at Le Mans, as championship protagonists Valentino Rossi and Alex Rins were among those consigned to a Q1 appearance.

Rossi expected stronger start to Le Mans weekend

Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi expected to start his weekend at Le Mans stronger, as he ended Friday in 14th position.