PETRONAS Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo will start his home GP at Le Mans from first place on the grid, after taking his first pole position since the Andalucia GP. Team-mate Morbidelli will start the Grand Prix de France from 11th.
Quartararo was the man to beat in the sunny FP3 session, setting fastest lap after fastest lap. He ended the session on top with a 1min 32.319secs lap time, securing a Q2 spot. The Frenchman showed his strength in qualifying, staying in provisional pole for the majority of Q2. Although his time was beaten in the final moments of the session, the home-hero set a blisteringly quick final lap – 1min 31.315secs – to take his third pole of 2020.
Morbidelli also joined his team-mate in Q2, after setting the third fastest time in FP3 – 1min 32.476secs. The Italian started the second qualifying session strongly, joining Fabio at the top of the standings in the opening minutes. As the times tumbled in the closing stages, the margins separating the riders also closed. Although Franco was only 0.576secs shy of pole, with a 1min 31.891secs lap, he ended qualifying 11th.
Fabio and Franco will be back on track tomorrow at 9.30am local time (3.30pm MYT) for their Warm Up session, with the 27-lap MotoGP race due to get underway slightly earlier than usual: 1pm local time (7pm MYT).