French MotoGP, Le Mans - Free Practice (4) Results
1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'31.444s12/15312k
2Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.010s12/16315k
3Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP22)+0.264s9/13316k
4Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.331s13/13316k
5Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.365s4/16314k
6Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)+0.388s4/13315k
7Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.437s7/15320k
8Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)+0.455s14/14322k
9Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*+0.459s12/13317k
10Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.474s14/16312k
11Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.520s16/17317k
12Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.547s6/14316k
13Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.582s4/12317k
14Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.617s7/13316k
15Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.627s4/15317k
16Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.629s12/15314k
17Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.779s8/13309k
18Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)+0.797s11/14314k
19Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP21)*+1.008s4/14318k
20Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.264s7/16316k
21Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.275s16/17314k
22Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+1.298s15/16309k
23Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+2.135s11/12312k
24Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+2.179s4/16315k

* Rookie

Fastest Practice time:
Johann Zarco FRA Ducati 1m 30.547s

Official Le Mans MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Johann Zarco FRA Ducati 1m 30.547s (2022)
Fastest race lap:
Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 1m 32.309s (2017)

MotoGP champion Fabio Quartararo takes over from fellow home hero Johann Zarco at the top of the timesheets during final practice for the French MotoGP at Le Mans.

Jack Miller (Ducati) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) were both caught out by early front-end falls at Turn 7, with Marc Marquez crashing from his Repsol Honda on the entry to Turn 9 in the closing minutes. 

Medium front tyres and soft rears were the preferred choices in preparation for Sunday's race, Suzuki being a notable exception in using the medium rear.

However, all slicks could be redundant tomorrow if the forecast rain materialises.

Qualifying 1, for those outside the top ten after third free practice, including Joan Mir, will now get underway.

Tech3 KTM's Raul Fernandez is returning to action this weekend after being ruled out of the Portimao and Jerez rounds due to a right-hand injury.

Jack Miller won last year’s French Grand Prix, after a flag-to-flag race caused by a heavy rain shower. The Australian was joined on the podium by home heroes Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco.

Quartararo returns to Le Mans holding a 7-point title lead over Aleix Espargaro with Enea Bastianini in third (20 points).

Jerez winner Francesco Bagnaia is 33 points adrift, in fifth.

Le Mans is also the first event since the shock news that Suzuki intends to leave MotoGP at the end of this season.

French MotoGP schedule – UK Time

Friday May 13

8.00-8.40am - Moto3 Free Practice 1

8.55-9.40am - MotoGP Free Practice 1

9.55-10.35am - Moto2 Free Practice 1

12.15-12.55pm - Moto3 Free Practice 2

1.10-1.55pm - MotoGP Free Practice 2

2.10pm-2.50pm - Moto2 Free Practice 2

Saturday May 14

8.00-8.40am - Moto3 Free Practice 3

8.55-9.40am - MotoGP Free Practice 3

9.55am-10.35am - Moto2 Free Practice 3

11.35am-11.50am - Moto3 Qualifying 1

12-12.15pm - Moto3 Qualifying 2

12.30-1pm - MotoGP Free Practice 4

1.10-1.25pm - MotoGP Qualifying 1

1.35-1.50pm - MotoGP Qualifying 2

2.10-2.25pm - Moto2 Qualifying 1

2.35pm-2.50pm - Moto2 Qualifying 2


Sunday May 15

8.00-8.10am - Moto3 warm-up

8.20-8.30am - Moto2 warm-up

8.40-9am - MotoGP warm-up

10am - Moto3 race

11.20am - Moto2 race

1pm - MotoGP race

Jerez: MotoGP World Championship standings
Pos RiderNatTeamPointsDiff.
1=Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)89 
2^1Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)82(-7)
3^1Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)69(-20)
4˅2Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)69(-20)
5^5Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP22)56(-33)
6=Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)56(-33)
7˅2Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)51(-38)
8˅1Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)48(-41)
9^2Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)44(-45)
10˅2Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)43(-46)
11˅2Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)42(-47)
12^1Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)35(-54)
13=Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)28(-61)
14=Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)27(-62)
15^3Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)21(-68)
16˅1Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)18(-71)
17^2Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)16(-73)
18^1Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*15(-74)
19˅3Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)14(-75)
20=Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)8(-81)
21˅1Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*6(-83)
22=Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*3(-86)