Saturday, May 17, 2014

Repsol Honda's Marquez Takes 5th Pole of Season, Pedrosa 9th in Close Qualifying in MotoGP Round 5 at LeMans

Press Release

Grand Prix de France

Round 5 - Saturday, May 17th 2014

  France - Qualifying Report

Weather conditions
sunny 23°C
Air temp
Track temp
Marquez thunders to 5th consecutive pole taking new lap record en route

Marquez thunders to 5th consecutive pole taking new lap record en route

After dominating the French GP weekend so far, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez recorded his fifth pole of the season – in as many races – and set the fastest lap ever on two wheels at the Le Mans circuit. Teammate Dani Pedrosa will start from the third row of the grid in ninth position after struggling with the time attack in qualifying.
It was another thrilling session in sunny conditions in Le Mans with Marc wasting no time to set a fast time on his first run. However, on his second exit of Q2 Marc bettered his own time by half a second and lapped the 4.185km circuit in a new record time of 1’32.042, which was 0.692 faster than anyone else, and beat Dani’s record time from 2008 – on qualifying tyres – by 0.605s (1’32.647).
It was a tougher session for Dani who has been fast all weekend but wasn’t able to push in qualifying this afternoon. Despite being the fastest rider in the speed trap with a top speed of 309.7km/h, Dani was only able to qualify ninth for tomorrows 28 lap race with a time of 1’33.023.
Team Quotes
Marc Marquez profile image
Marc Marquez
1st - 1'32.042
"I'm very happy to be on pole and also with the gap between myself and second place on the timesheet. Tomorrow will be interesting as my main rivals - Dani, Jorge and Valentino - are not on the front row but on rows two and three. However, I know they will be there in the battle and we must be prepared. Starting from pole is an advantage and I will try to capitalise from it and give 100% - as always - to fight for the win!”
Dani Pedrosa profile image
Dani Pedrosa
9th - 1'33.023
“Free practice wasn't too bad for us, but in qualifying we weren't so great. I’m riding a little smoother this weekend and not so aggressive, due to my injured forearm, and when I wanted to push to improve my times I wasn’t really able to. I think that in general we have done a good job in practice and I will try to get a good start tomorrow, because I am very far back. It will be important to bring the tyre temperature up on the warmup lap and try to overtake some riders in the opening laps”

qualifying results

  Grand Prix de France - Round 5
1Marc Marquez93ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'32.042
2Pol Espargaro44ESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'32.734
3Andrea Dovizioso4ITADucati TeamDUCATI1'32.755
4Stefan Bradl6GERLCR Honda MotoGPHONDA1'32.846
5Valentino Rossi46ITAYamaha FactoryYAMAHA1'32.873
6Jorge Lorenzo99ESPYamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA1'32.899
7Alvaro Bautista19ESPGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'33.006
8Aleix Espargaro41ESPNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'33.015
9Dani Pedrosa26ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'33.023
10Bradley Smith38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'33.058
11Andrea Iannone29ITAPramac RacingDUCATI1'33.102
12Cal Crutchlow35GBRDucati TeamDUCATI1'33.315
13Nicky Hayden69USADrive M7 AsparHONDA1'33.859
14Yonny Hernandez68COLPramac RacingDUCATI1'33.999
15Colin Edwards5USANGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'34.203
16Scott Redding45GBRGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'34.233
17Hiroshi Aoyama7JPNDrive M7 AsparHONDA1'34.457
18Karel Abraham17CZECardion AB MotoracingHONDA1'34.880
19Hector Barbera8ESPAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'35.499
20Broc Parkes23AUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM1'35.795
21Michael Laverty70GBRPaul Bird MotorsportART & PBM1'35.932
22Mike Di Meglio63FRAAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'36.163

Copyright Free Images - For Editorial use only


Circuit Information

View circuit page at
Length4.185 m / 2.600 miles
Left corners4
Right corners9
Longest straight674 m / 0.419 miles
Automobile Club de l'Ouest
Circuit des 24 Heures
72019 Le Mans Cedex 2

T: +33 (0)2 43 40 24 00
F: +33 (0)2 43 40 24 88
Pole Position1m 32.647s (162.617km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2008)
Race Lap1m 33.617s (160.932km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2011)
Race Time44m 03.955s (159.551km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2011)
2012 Race WinnerJorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2013 Race WinnerDani Pedrosa (Honda)
  Honda Racing Corporation
3-15-1, Senzui, Asaka-shi, Saitama-Pref., 351-0024 Japan

No comments:

Post a Comment

Keep it nice, but keep them coming!

---Please note---You can leave comments anonymously, but you can also leave them while logged into Google, Yahoo and other platforms.
We'd love to hear from you!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.