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Le Mans MotoGP: Quartararo leads Marquez in warm-up

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Le Mans MotoGP: Quartararo leads Marquez in warm-up
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May 19, 2019, 8:09 AM

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.

Quartararo and teammate Franco Morbidelli led for nearly the entire session, with the duo taking turns in first place in the opening half.

KTM's Pol Espargaro took a shock lead with seven minutes to go, but Quartararo reclaimed the lead soon afterwards, and improved two more times before the session came to an end.

He eventually ended up with a 1m32.483s, leading Marquez by 0.142s, both riders setting their best times after the chequered flag fell.

Espargaro took an impressive third for KTM, followed by LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow and Maverick Vinales, whose session ended early with a fast crash at Turn 3.

Andrea Dovizioso was the top Ducati in sixth, more than half a second off the pace, with Morbidelli ending up seventh.

French Grand Prix front-row starters Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci were eighth and ninth respectively, with Valentino Rossi completing the top 10.

Jorge Lorenzo and Alex Rins were a lowly 14th and 15th respectively, the latter's teammate Joan Mir crashing twice in 20 minutes.

Avintia Ducati's Tito Rabat was another rider to fall, and the Spaniard ended the session dead last.

Session results

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap km/h
1 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 13 1'32.483   162.905
2 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 12 1'32.625 0.142 162.655
3 Spain Pol Espargaro KTM 12 1'32.705 0.222 162.515
4 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 13 1'32.861 0.378 162.242
5 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 10 1'32.963 0.480 162.064
6 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 12 1'33.008 0.525 161.986
7 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 13 1'33.019 0.536 161.966
8 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 13 1'33.100 0.617 161.825
9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 11 1'33.125 0.642 161.782
10 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 12 1'33.202 0.719 161.648
11 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 12 1'33.414 0.931 161.282
12 France Johann Zarco KTM 12 1'33.422 0.939 161.268
13 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 13 1'33.462 0.979 161.199
14 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Honda 12 1'33.511 1.028 161.114
15 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 12 1'33.688 1.205 160.810
16 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 12 1'33.692 1.209 160.803
17 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 5 1'33.872 1.389 160.495
18 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Ducati 13 1'33.874 1.391 160.491
19 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 13 1'34.213 1.730 159.914
20 Italy Andrea Iannone Aprilia 11 1'34.460 1.977 159.496
21 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin KTM 12 1'34.812 2.329 158.903
22 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 6 1'35.883 3.400 157.129
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Series MotoGP
Event French GP
Sub-event WU
Drivers Fabio Quartararo
Teams SIC Racing Team
Author David Gruz