We can tell that riding at home gives extra energy to the riders. The fight to enter at the Q2 has been a show to remember: 15 riders, only a second apart from each other, in the FP3. But only Johann Zarco has been able to overcome the rest of the riders with the best time, and tomorrow will start the race in first position. However, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider has not had it easy to achieve it.
After a rought FP4 with Valentino Rossi, Álex Rins on the floor between turn 13 and 14 and Cal Crutchlow and Abraham on turn 8. The best time rotates among, the current leader Marc Márquez, Petrucci and Zarco who was riding at home. However, the best time at the free training session has been for the Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso; obtaining the exact same position that in the Gran Prix of Jerez.
On the Q1, Petrucci, Simeon, Luthi,Abraham, Bautista, Morbidelli, Pedrosa,Nakagami, Crutchlow,Smith,Rins,Espargaró,Redding and Syahrin were the protagonist. During the first few minutes, all eyes were on Crutchlow after the first fall of Saturday. 12 minutes until the end everything changed, Pedrosa was the fastest, just minutes before Álvaro Bautista was out, Pedrosa’s happiness ended soon because Petrucci broke the timer with a 1:31.967. Álex Rins did some impresive laps and he was at the Q1 top. Three minutes left to the chequered flag Abraham and Crutchlow were out. The red flag was waving and the British had to leave the circuit in a stretcher.
The main protagonist of the second part of the session have been Dovizioso, Zarco, Petrucci, Viñales, Pedrosa, Iannone, Aleix Espargaró, Miller, Rossi, Rabat, Márquez and Lorenzo.
The Yamahas, Zarco, Viñales and Rossi were on top, 11 minutes until the end. This is one of best circuits for the blue Japanese brand. However, the official Honda of Marc Márquez has broke Lorenzo: 1:31.893 record. Although, Zarco, Petrucci and Iannone did not allow the #93win.
After a pit on boxes to switch tires, the time was running out. Márquez was flying achieving a provisional first position, but the Frenchman Johann Zarco has not permitted the Catalan to get the pole in Le Mans, with his Tech 3 and a 1:31.185 he has been the Poleman. The top10 qualifying for tomorrow is:
- Johann ZARCO: 1’31.185
- Marc MARQUEZ: 1’31.293
- Danilo PETRUCCI: 1’31.381
- Andrea IANNONE: 1’31.454
- Andrea DOVIZIOSO: 1’31.553
- Jorge LORENZO: 1’31.590
- Jack MILLER: 1’31.683
- Maverick VIÑALES: 1’31.784
- Valentino ROSSI: 1’31.900
- Dani PEDROSA: 1’32.024
At the other categories, in Moto3 the poleman has been Jorge Martín, although the Andalusian Marcos Ramírez has made him hard to win during all the session. The rider from Madrid has been using used tires practicing for the race of tomorrow. InMoto2, the poleman has been Francesco Bagnaia.Followed by Xavi Vierge who improving his time in Le Mans ended in the floor.Baldassarri was third, Joan Mir fourth and Álex Márquez sixth.