A couple of interesting numbers
– For Ducati, it is the first pole position at Le Mans.
– It is the 50th pole position for the Ducati factory team in MotoGP and the 60th for the Italian manufacturer in the premier class.
– This is the fifth time that a Desmosedici GP has secured pole position this season (2x Bagnaia, 2x Martin, 1x Zarco).
– Bagnaia is equal to Capirossi with eight pole positions on a Ducati and will be the second Ducati rider with the most pole positions in MotoGP.
Francesco Bagnaia: “First pole at Le Mans”
Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati; 1.): “I’m really happy. In the FT4 I still had problems with the brakes and was a little worried about qualifying. But then a tiny change in set-up really helped me a lot. I was immediately faster and was competitive. This is my first MotoGP pole at Le Mans. I’m very happy. “
Jack Miller: “Pecco helped a little”
Jack Miller (Ducati; 2.): “I have us in FT4 [mit einem Sturz] provides a lot of work. The tires were a little weird today. Usually I always use the soft tire for a quick lap like everyone else does. But today I tried the medium-sized tire and it seems to cool off on the front wheel. This is especially true on the left flank, and I was surprised by that in FT4. “
“We need to understand that better for the race. Besides that, of course I’m happy with the front row, especially because it was 1-2 for the team. ‘Pecco’ helped me a bit, it was cool. We want to do the same tomorrow.”
Aleix Espargaro: “It was maximum today”
Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia; 3.): “Of course, if you do not have a replacement machine available, you will definitely avoid making a mistake. Therefore, I took it a little more carefully on the first try. Nevertheless, I was fast and broke almost 1:30 That was when I knew I could make an attack in the second attempt. “
“I was lucky I got a free lap on this not very long track. I ran two laps and the other was just perfect. I was absolutely on the edge and did not make a single mistake. It was maximum today. It was just not possible to ride faster than 1: 30.6 with my bike today. “
Moto2 Q2: First rod for Acosta
In the end, nothing changes in the first two rows. Acosta celebrates its first Moto2 pole with a new track record. Dixon and Fernandez line up with him, with the top three not even two-tenths separating them. Lowes finishes in fourth place despite his early crash. Arenas and Lopez secure fifth and sixth place respectively.
Canet finishes as number seven, followed by Ogura, Bendsneyder and Arbolinio. Chantra crashes late and is stuck in eleventh place. Schrötter can no longer improve and is thirteenth after Navarro.
Moto2 Q2: Acosta with record
Now we get one after the other. Acosta takes the lead with a new track record of 1: 35.803 minutes. Dixon and Fernandez also pass Lowes. He drops back to fourth place.
Arenas and Lopez share the second row with him so far. Schrötter has fallen behind and is now only number 13, he needs to improve now.
Moto2 Q2: Lowes’ best time under pressure
Lowes does not appear to have changed, but of course his session is ruined. With 1: 36,071 minutes, he is currently ahead. But competition can now increase. Arenas is second, Acosta third. Schrötter is currently in the pits. He is number eight in the standings.
Moto2 Q2: Two crashes
Lowes had just set the best time when he was down at turn 8. It must have been a high side. Shortly before that, Ogura had crashed in turn 6. That means two favorites for the front row are out of the race.
Moto2 Q2: Who takes the last pole?
Over the next 15 minutes, it will be decided who secures the last pole position of the day. There are a few possible candidates. Fernandez, Ogura, Acosta and Lowes were fast in training.
Moto2 Q1: Vietti fails a hair width
Dalla Porta remains the leader in Q1 with a time of 1’36.259 and goes on to a round with Aldeguer, Bendsneyder and Navarro.
Vietti improves for each round in the second round, but in the end it is not enough. The world championship leader is six thousandths behind in fourth place. He will start the race from 19th place tomorrow.
Moto2 Q1: Tight box
Vietti is heading for the best time after the first three sectors, but then loses momentum and takes fifth place. However, it is only 0.073 seconds from the lead and only 28 thousandths of a fourth place. it’s incredibly tight.
Moto2 Q1: Order
Aldeguer has moved up to second place. This means that Rodrigo is currently out of the top 4, which is only separated by 45 thousandths. Vietti has made a pit stop and is currently on its outlap. He is currently in sixth place, 0.180 seconds behind. Another rider crashed into Antonelli.
Moto2 Q1: position
Everyone ran three or four laps. It leads Dalla Porta ahead of Bendsneyder, Navarro and Rodrigo. Vietti is only fifth. There have already been two falls: Zaccone and Kelly fell to the ground.
Moto2 Q1: Vietti on board
The last qualification of the day belongs to Moto2. 16 riders will compete in Q1, including championship leader Vietti. As always, only the four are the fastest advances and can prove themselves again in Q2.