Cold temperatures and intermittent rain showers throughout the opening day of the French GP produced mixed results for the Repsol Honda Team in Le Mans.

Marc Marquez, who used the new exhaust on both his bikes, was second fastest in wet-but-drying FP1 and then again in fully wet FP2, showing that he is already quite comfortable on his RC213V despite the tricky mixed conditions.

Dani Pedrosa suffered more in the cold conditions, struggling to put temperature into his rear tyre, and he set the 13th fastest time in the morning and the 21st in the afternoon, ending the day 14th in the combined standings.

The weather forecast for tomorrow and Sunday is better, and both Marc and Dani look forward to some dry track time in order to best prepare for the race.

Marc Marquez

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It’s positive to have started well today, as here in Le Mans it’s important to be ready for any kind of conditions. This morning there were mixed conditions with the track drying toward the end, allowing us to do the last exit on slicks. The feeling was good already, but the most important thing was to be able to be fast in the full wet in FP2. We worked a bit on the rain settings and in our second run I started to feel really good on the bike. We’ll see how the conditions are tomorrow; it looks like it will be dry and I hope that’s actually the case because it seems that the race also will be a dry one and it will be important to set up the bike well. The new surface is incredible, at least from what we could see in the wet. The grip is very good and even if it’s not easy to put temperature in the tyres, when you do get it you can be really fast.

Repsol Honda Team
Dani Pedrosa

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Today it was a little bit difficult because in the morning we had quite changeable conditions, starting on the wet and finishing on an almost dry track. I changed to slicks a little bit too late and I couldn’t improve my lap time. This afternoon for some reason we weren’t able to put the right temperature into the rear tyre, so I had no grip. We tried to fix it but we couldn’t. We would like to understand why that happened but in any case we’ll focus on tomorrow. It seems we’ll have an improvement in the weather and therefore in the track conditions for the rest of the weekend, so we’ll work to improve our feeling and prepare well for the race.

Repsol Honda Team
HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France

Le Mans, France

MotoGP 2017, Round 5

Rain / 12
Friday 19 May 2017, 15:28 UTC
  • Track Condition: Wet
  • Air Temp: 12°C
  • Humidity: 87%
  • Ground Temp: 15°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jack Miller 43 AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'37.467
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.288
3 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1.781
4 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +2.140
5 Loris Baz 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.960
6 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati +3.061
7 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +3.350
8 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +3.427
9 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati +3.557
10 Maverick Viñales 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +3.840
11 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +4.095
12 Jonas Folger 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +4.177
13 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +4.206
14 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +4.387
15 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati +4.420
16 Scott Redding 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati +4.458
17 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati +4.480
18 Tito Rabat 53 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +4.627
19 Sam Lowes 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +4.776
20 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +5.424
21 Hector Barbera 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +5.486
22 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +5.647
23 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +6.052
Rider Standings
Sunday, 7 May 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 62 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
2 Maverick VIñALES 25 SPA 60 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
3 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 58 Repsol Honda Team Honda
4 Dani PEDROSA 26 SPA 52 Repsol Honda Team Honda
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 41 Ducati Team Ducati
6 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 35 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 29 LCR Honda Honda
8 Jonas FOLGER 94 GER 29 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
9 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 28 Ducati Team Ducati
10 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 26 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati
11 Scott REDDING 45 GBR 26 Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati
12 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 21 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
13 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 17 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
14 Alvaro BAUTISTA 19 SPA 14 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati
15 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 12 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
16 Hector BARBERA 8 SPA 12 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
17 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 10 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
18 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 9 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati
19 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 8 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
20 Alex RINS 42 SPA 7 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
21 Bradley SMITH 38 GBR 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM