Jorge Martin, pole and fall

Jorge Martin, pole and fall

Victim of a fall in his last attempt, Jorge Martin took pole position for the French Grand Prix with a new Bugatti Circuit record ahead of Francesco Bagnaia and Maverick Viñales. Fabio Quartararo set the eighth time and will start from the third row.

Jorge Martin experienced all the emotions. During the qualifying session for the French Grand Prix, the Pramac team driver claimed his second pole position of the season after that acquired in Qatar. However, the championship leader was a spectator at the end of Q2 due to a crash in the Dunlop chicane. Before that, the “Martinator” put a slap in the face of the Bugatti Circuit record which had been beaten a few minutes earlier by Enea Bastianini to escape from Q1.

Jorge Martin thus became the first driver to complete a lap in less than a minute and a half, establishing pole position in 1’29”919. However, his fall could have opened the door for Francesco Bagnaia, in great form since the start of the weekend, or Maverick Viñales. But, while his best time was 192 thousandths of a second from the reference, the double reigning world champion also made a mistake, his Ducati even starting to catch fire and forcing the Italian to go find a vehicle himself. extinguisher.

Quartararo gave everything

The Aprilia rider, for his part, was unable to improve but made sure to start from the front row during the two races of the weekend. This end of the session was crazy because Aleix Espargaro and Jack Miller also fell, causing yellow flags not allowing their rivals to improve… except Marco Bezzecchi who took advantage of his last clear attempt to grab fifth place between his VR46 teammate Fabio di Giannantonio and Aleix Espargaro.

Expected at the turn, Pedro Acosta gave everything but could not do better than the seventh time almost three-quarters of a second from Jorge Martin. The “Mazarrón shark” was only able to beat Fabio Quartararo by 36 thousandths of a second! At the cost of a lap at maximum attack, the 2021 world champion was able to raise his Yamaha to eighth place, offering him a start of the sprint and the Grand Prix from the third row, with his former teammate Franco Morbidelli at his side .

Zarco did his best, Mr. Marquez frustrated

For Johann Zarco, this qualifying session ended in Q1. The LCR team driver saw his ambitions to finish better disappear in a fall at the Chapel bend in his last attempt. Fifth in this first part of the qualifying session, the Cannes resident can reassure himself by being the best rider on a Honda and will start from 15th position both during the sprint and the Grand Prix.

The yellow flag caused by the Tricolor frustrated Marc Marquez, who saw his last attempt canceled after he had just been taken out of the first two by Enea Bastianini, who had set a Bugatti Circuit record whose lifespan has been very limited, and Miguel Oliveira. The six-time MotoGP world champion did not make it past Q1 for the first time since his arrival at Gresini and will have to start from 13th place. Which promises a lively first round both this Saturday and this Sunday!

Q2 ranking – Saturday May 11, 2024
1- Jorge Martin (ESP/Ducati Pramac) in 1’29”919
2- Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Ducati) at 0”192
3- Maverick Viñales (ESP/Aprilia) at 0”394
4- Fabio di Giannantonio (ITA/Ducati VR46) at 0”517
5- Marco Bezzecchi (ITA/Ducati VR46) at 0”634
6- Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Aprilia) at 0”653
7- Pedro Acosta (ESP/KTM Tech3) at 0”731
8- Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha) at 0”767
9- Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Ducati Pramac) at 0”863
10- Enea Bastianini (ITA/Ducati) at 0”867
11- Jack Miller (AUS/KTM) at 1”088
12- Miguel Oliveira (POR/Aprilia Trackhouse) at 1”156

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