Like last season, Fabio Quartararo was the fastest at Le Mans to take pole position at the French Grand Prix. At home, the Yamaha rider will want to take revenge after his disappointment at the Spanish Grand Prix, where the “box syndrome” deprived him of a victory. Johann Zarco will start in second row, in 5th place.
Expected at the turn at home, Fabio Quartararo did not disappoint. The French driver took pole position, the second in a row after the Spanish Grand Prix, from the French Grand Prix. Driving his Yamaha at Le Mans, Quartararo was faster than his teammate Maverick Viñales.
Weakened in Jerez, Fabio Quartararo had also achieved pole position. But in the race on Sunday, he had weakened because of the “box syndrome”, which forced him to the operation and to be classified with difficulty 13th of the Grand Prix of Spain. Already in the lead after qualifying here at Le Mans last year, Quartararo does it again, for the 13th pole of his career and the third of his season.
“In the dry, we have a good possibility”
“The track was pretty dry, I thought it was time. I was seventh I think, I said to myself that we had to give everything. It’s the first row or the fall. I didn’t even know. not that I was in pole position. It’s incredible, confessed Quartararo at the microphone of Canal +. The important tomorrow will do its best. In the dry, we have a good possibility but in the rain, we saw that it was too complicated to be on the podium. “
Johann Zarco (Ducati =, the other French rider in the paddock, will start from the second row, in 5th position, after having dominated the morning practice. The returning Marc Marquez thought for a time that he could start from first place, he will finally be 6th due to a last brilliant lap achieved by several drivers including Quartararo.He was disturbed by injuries last year, the Spaniard will start from the second row anyway.
Fabio Quartararo will in any case have a great opportunity to find this Sunday to regain his throne of leader of the drivers’ world championship. Leader before this fifth round of the calendar, the Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) was eliminated in the first session of qualifying, as were the Spaniards Joan Mir (Suzuki) and Alex Rins (Suzuki). Bagnala will start from 16th place this Sunday, far from Quartararo.