2024 French MotoGP, Le Mans - Friday Practice Results

Friday practice results from the French MotoGP at Le Mans, round 5 (of 21) in the 2024 world championship.
2024 French MotoGP, Le Mans - Practice (2) Results
1Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP24)1'30.388s23/24317k
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP24)+0.145s25/27319k
3Pedro AcostaSPARed Bull GASGAS Tech3 (RC16)*+0.187s25/26319k
4Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP24)+0.269s24/25312k
5Fabio Di GiannantonioITAVR46 Ducati (GP23)+0.295s18/23315k
6Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.311s23/24317k
7Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP24)+0.326s18/22314k
8Franco MorbidelliITAPramac Ducati (GP24)+0.375s25/26314k
9Marco BezzecchiITAVR46 Ducati (GP23)+0.397s21/24316k
10Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.400s24/26316k
11Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo (GP24)+0.410s21/24314k
12Raul FernandezSPATrackhouse Aprilia (RS-GP23)+0.451s24/26317k
13Marc MarquezSPAGresini Ducati (GP23)+0.679s19/21312k
14Alex RinsSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.818s25/28315k
15Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse Aprilia (RS-GP24)+0.831s23/25318k
16Augusto FernandezSPARed Bull GASGAS Tech3 (RC16)+0.855s21/23316k
17Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.976s13/19317k
18Joan MirSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.133s25/26317k
19Alex MarquezSPAGresini Ducati (GP23)+1.142s23/28314k
20Johann ZarcoFRALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.186s20/25315k
21Luca MariniITARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.472s22/23312k
22Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.743s21/27313k

* Rookie

Official Le Mans MotoGP records:
Best lap: Francesco Bagnaia 1m 30.450s (2022)
Fastest race lap: Francesco Bagnaia 1m 31.778s (2022)

Title leader Jorge Martin completes a Friday practice double for the French MotoGP at a sunny Le Mans, while Marc Marquez and Brad Binder miss the top ten and will take part in Qualifying 1.

But their loss was home star Fabio Quartararo’s gain, with the Yamaha rider snatching direct Qualifying 2 access - much to the delight of the fans.

Morning pace setter Martin was already back on top when new tyre time attacks began in the final 20 minutes of the afternoon hour.

Fabio di Giannantonio - fastest at the Jerez test - then shot almost half-a-second clear of the field as the last ten minutes approached.

But Martin was back on top by the closing stages, eventually finishing 0.145s ahead of reigning world champion Francesco Bagnaia, with rookie Pedro Acosta a strong third for the home Tech3 team.

Maverick Vinales helped put Aprilia’s miserable Jerez weekend behind him with fourth, ahead of di Giannantonio, KTM’s Jack Miller and the second factory RS-GP of Aleix Espargaro.

Marc Marquez fell in the opening minutes of the hour, a lowside at Turn 12, and was in the Qualifying 1 danger zone as the final minutes began.

A big tank slapper saw Marquez drop to 15th before inching up to 12th. The eight-time world champion crossed the line with seconds to spare for a final lap, and set a red first sector… only to run wide, confirming his first Q1 appearance as a Ducati rider.

Joining Marquez will be KTM’s Binder, who suffered his second and then third accidents of the day at the tight final right-handers.

2022 winner Enea Bastianini also crashed late on, while Franco Morbidelli kept control during a highspeed trip through the turn one gravel.

2024 French MotoGP, Le Mans - Practice (1) Results
1Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP24)1'31.421s18/20318k
2Pedro AcostaSPARed Bull GASGAS Tech3 (RC16)*+0.237s17/21319k
3Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP24)+0.257s19/20314k
4Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo (GP24)+0.416s14/19319k
5Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP24)+0.431s15/20316k
6Alex MarquezSPAGresini Ducati (GP23)+0.475s19/20312k
7Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP24)+0.490s17/19313k
8Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.521s19/20317k
9Marc MarquezSPAGresini Ducati (GP23)+0.550s6/21314k
10Marco BezzecchiITAVR46 Ducati (GP23)+0.559s13/17317k
11Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.614s18/20318k
12Franco MorbidelliITAPramac Ducati (GP24)+0.649s19/22312k
13Alex RinsSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.691s21/21317k
14Raul FernandezSPATrackhouse Aprilia (RS-GP23)+0.800s18/20313k
15Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse Aprilia (RS-GP24)+0.865s20/20312k
16Johann ZarcoFRALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.982s19/19310k
17Augusto FernandezSPARed Bull GASGAS Tech3 (RC16)+1.012s20/22313k
18Fabio Di GiannantonioITAVR46 Ducati (GP23)+1.125s14/17315k
19Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.164s21/21312k
20Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.277s5/21318k
21Joan MirSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.587s18/19311k
22Luca MariniITARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.929s23/23314k

* Rookie

Official Le Mans MotoGP records:
Best lap: Francesco Bagnaia 1m 30.450s (2022)
Fastest race lap: Francesco Bagnaia 1m 31.778s (2022)

Jorge Martin responds perfectly to his Jerez error by leading opening practice for the 2024 French MotoGP at Le Mans, ahead of rookie Pedro Acosta and Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales.

Fresh from a thrilling victory battle with Francesco Bagnaia at Jerez, Marc Marquez was fastest for the first half of the 45-minute session.

2022 Le Mans winner Enea Bastianini - whose factory bike Marquez is increasingly tipped to take over next season - moved ahead before Acosta delighted Tech3’s home fans by putting his GASGAS machine quickest inside the final ten minutes.

The Spanish teenager swiftly responded when reigning champion and Jerez winner Francesco Bagnaia and Bastianini moved back ahead.

But Acosta, who saved a front-end scare, couldn’t resist the pace of title leader Jorge Martin after fitting new rubber, the Pramac rider breaking 0.237s clear in the closing minutes.

Other riders joining Martin on new rubber at the end were: Vinales, Alex Marquez, Aleix Espargaro, Alex Rins, Raul Fernandez and Miguel Oliveira.

Brad Binder crashed out in the final minute, leaving his KTM substantially damaged.

Yellow flags for that incident cost Alex Marquez his best lap, but he still finished three places ahead of brother Marc, who stuck with old rubber and looked to be trying a different set-up on one of his Gresini machines.

Last year’s Le Mans winner Marco Bezzecchi was at the sharp end of the timesheets early on before finishing tenth for VR46.

Rins was the leading Yamaha in 13th, with home star Johann Zarco the top Honda in 16th.

Rins' team-mate Fabio Quartararo was again trying the longer Yamaha exhaust on his way to 20th at the start of his home round. The former world champion also has a new chassis from the Jerez test available.

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