Repsol Honda Team French Qualifying Report

Marquez and Pedrosa fast but out of luck in Grand Prix of France qualifying

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Dani Pedrosa, Grand Prix of France Qualifying 2017Courtesy of Repsol Honda

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa will start tomorrow’s French GP from the fifth and 13th places on the grid, respectively, despite both being quite fast during the course of the day.

Marc’s progression in his work to find the best setup has been affected by the limited dry track time and by two small crashes, in FP4 and in QP2, though both incidents were without consequence.

After solving some setup issues in the morning’s damp-but-drying FP3 session, preventing him from gaining direct passage into Q2, Dani was very fast in FP4, ending a close second. He was able to keep up his speed in QP1 but ultimately lost his provisional second place to Johann Zarco by just 48 thousandths of a second. He therefore had to settle for a fifth-row spot despite the fact that his QP1 lap time would have placed him on the second row.

The Repsol Honda pair look forward to making use of the tomorrow's warm-up to finalize the last details of their setup before the race, which will start at 2 p.m. local time.

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Marc Marquez, Grand Prix of France Qualifying 2017Courtesy of Repsol Honda

Marc Marquez
5th: 1'32.493 (Q2)

“We knew this is a track where we normally struggle a bit more than at others, but anyway we’re not so far off. We’re not yet where we would like to be but we’ll work hard this evening checking the data and hopefully we’ll be able to get a bit closer in tomorrow’s warm-up. We’ve had just one completely dry session so far this weekend, so FP4 was like a normal FP1, and with the new tarmac and everything we needed more track time, more laps to set up the bike and to adapt the riding style. As for the crashes, I had both of them in the same corner: regarding the one in FP4, I was trying to find the limit, and as for the one in qualifying, we had changed the setup a little bit and I probably should have done that corner a little bit differently. I was prepared for it in view of my second exit but then I had a little problem with the second tyre and couldn’t do a perfect lap. Anyway, of course we’ll do our best in the race.”

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Dani Pedrosa, Grand Prix of France Qualifying 2017Courtesy of Repsol Honda

Dani Pedrosa
13th: 1'32.415 (Q1)

“This weekend has been quite difficult in general, due to the weather that had us struggling with the tyre temperature. Then this morning during FP3 we had some little problems with the bike that meant I couldn’t improve my lap time and go directly to Q2. The FP4 session went quite well; we proved to have a good pace and that’s the positive part of today. It was the same way in Q1; we were fast but unfortunately just not enough to move through. Anyway, we must now think about tomorrow. We must be very focused on the start and in the first chicane, and we also must try and be quite aggressive in the first laps to recover positions. We’ll try our best and see where we end up.”

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STARTING GRID

FRONT ROW
1. M. VIÑALES MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1'31.994
2. V. ROSSI MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1'32.100
3. J. ZARCO MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 1'32.229 |
SECOND ROW
4. C. CRUTCHLOW LCR HONDA 1'32.300
5. M. MARQUEZ REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1'32.493
6. A. DOVIZIOSO DUCATI TEAM 1'32.726
THIRD ROW
7. S. REDDING OCTO PRAMAC RACING 1'33.119
8. P. ESPARGARÒ RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING 1'33.399
9. K. ABRAHAM PULL&BEAR ASPAR TEAM 1'33.517
FOURTH ROW
10. B. SMITH RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING 1'33.629
11. J. MILLER TEAM EG 0,0 MARC VDS 1'33.756
12. L. BAZ REALE AVINTIA RACING 1'33.955
FIFTH ROW
13. D. PEDROSA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1'32.415
14. A. BAUTISTA PULL&BEAR ASPAR TEAM 1'32.484
15. J. FOLGER MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 1'32.695
SIXTH ROW
16. J. LORENZO DUCATI TEAM 1'32.830
17. A. IANNONE TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'32.844
18. A. ESPARGARÒ APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1'33.187
SEVENTH ROW
19. D. PETRUCCI OCTO PRAMAC RACING 1'33.231
20. H. BARBERA REALE AVINTIA RACING 1'33.233
21. S. LOWES APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1'33.817
EIGHTH ROW
22. T. RABAT TEAM EG 0,0 MARC VDS 1'33.875
23. S. GUINTOLI TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'34.082