UPDATE: Pramac Ducati's home star Johann Zarco has been given a three-place penalty, dropping him from sixth to ninth on the grid, for 'riding slowly on the racing line and disturbing' Pol Espargaro at Turn 4 during qualifying for the French MotoGP.

Suzuki's Joan Mir now moves up to the outside of the second row...

French MotoGP, Le Mans - Full Qualifying Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP22)1'30.450s7/9318k
2Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)+0.069s7/9318k
3Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.159s8/8316k
4Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.238s3/8315k
5Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)+0.261s7/9319k
 Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.413s7/8318k
6Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.493s6/7316k
7Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.527s6/8315k
8Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.618s3/7316k
9Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)   
10Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.698s6/7314k
11Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.076s4/8314k
12Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.145s4/9314k
 Qualifying 1:     
13Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*1'30.94s8/8316k
14Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)1'31.271s7/8315k
15Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)1'31.363s9/9315k
16Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP21)*1'31.487s8/8315k
17Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)1'31.547s6/8311k
18Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)1'31.61s3/8307k
19Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'31.617s7/9314k
20Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)1'31.618s7/9310k
21Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)1'31.763s3/9317k
22Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*1'31.82s6/8312k
23Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*1'32.596s2/7313k
24Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*1'32.767s7/8311k

* 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)

Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller sealed a factory Ducati one-two during qualifying for the French MotoGP at Le Mans, while home star Fabio Quartararo was knocked off the front row in the final minute.

Riding together for their final run, Bagnaia (leading) and Miller vaulted ahead of Quartararo, with the reigning world champion then demoted to fourth by Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro, who had only one bike available after damaging the other in FP4.

Quartararo, again the only Yamaha rider to reach Qualifying 2, ultimately didn't improve during his final run and will be joined on row two by Enea Bastianini and fellow Frenchman Johann Zarco.

Pol Espargaro nearly hit the back of a slow-moving Zarco at Turn 4, on his way to eleventh.

Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez was another rider down to one bike after a late accident in FP4, and therefore couldn't afford any more mistakes.

Marquez tried to follow Bagnaia and Miller at the start of qualifying but was only tenth by the mid-session tyre change... where he remained.

Jorge Martin and Joan Mir reached Q2 by leading Qualifying 1.

The best KTM rider in qualifying was Miguel Oliveira, in just 17th.

Although Friday and Saturday have been dry and sunny, there is a threat of rain for Sunday.

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)