The Bugatti Circuit lap record set by Joan Zarco in the 2018 French Grand Prix qualifiers was broken and fell to FP3 this morning as MotoGP riders battled for the fastest top ten in Q2.
MOTOR RACE.RU, 14 May 2022 – The weather forecast for Saturday in Le Mans changes every hour and there is still a chance of rain in the afternoon. Nevertheless, the morning in the area of the old French city turned out to be almost perfect – bright sun, not a cloud in the sky!
Everyone who had a hard time showing any result on Friday rushed forward.
Enea Bastianini just moved into the top 10
Enea Bastianini, who became the fastest at the end of the training day, led FP3 again and held the 1st position until his engine started smoking 15 minutes before the finish line. Bastianini was forced to leave the motorcycle in the chicane, in the middle of the track, and return to the garage, where the team just managed to prepare a spare Desmosedici GP21 for him. This almost thwarted his plans to defend his place in the top 10: as soon as the MotoGP pilots switched to soft tires for time attacks, Enea was immediately ousted from the leadership position.
The time shown on Friday – 1: 31.148, – was already in the absolute lap record set by Joan Zarco in 2018. But Bastianini did not manage to improve it on a spare motorcycle. While almost all of his opponents made a major breakthrough, drawing the right conclusions from Friday’s work.
Fabio Quartararo at a fan meeting, Le Mans, FrenchGP 2022
Fabio Quartararo was the first to launch an attack. This was immediately felt by Marc Marquez, who immediately followed the Frenchman and followed him for several rounds. This really helped the Repsol Honda driver: despite the dangerous highside in turn 10 that Marque managed to save, Marquez entered the top 10. Initially, Mark was in 3rd place, but immediately moved down four lines, so had to make another exit after that.
Fabio Quartararo, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP
With 10 minutes left in the match, Quartararo was the first in Le Mans history to break the 1:30 mark – leading a lap 1: 30.847.
The record time of 2018 has now become just a reason to argue for positions 7-8!
Jack Miller, Jorge Martin, Ales Espargaro and Alex Rins tried to follow Fabio. All of them were still far from the bar set by Quartararo, after all, Rins’ fast lap was canceled for a run in the green. But 4 minutes before the checkered flag appeared on a set of Soft / Soft tires, a real “gunfire” started in fast cycles.
Pekko Bagnaia breaks the Quartararo record, but not for long
Pekko Bagnaia was ready to beat the Frenchman and he did it 1: 30.568. Marc Marquez, who continued to follow the Quartararo, but without the immediate “help” of the Yamaha driver, entered at 1:30, completing a lap at 1: 30.948, which allowed him to return to the TOP-3. Within a minute, ten more riders broke Zarco’s 2018 record in an attempt to reach the top 10. But Joan Zarco himself remembered that his stunts only got better in those 3 seasons – he set another record in the last round – 1: 30.537. As a result, 12 riders were in the ideal cycle of the 2018-2019 sample.
Joan Zarco updated the record of 2018
Here is the list:
1. Joan Zarco (Pramac Ducati) – 1: 30.537
2. Pekko Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) – 1: 30.568
3. Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Racing) – 1: 30.682
4. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) – 1: 30.785
5. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) – 1: 30.837
6. Ales Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) – 1: 30.986
7. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) – 1: 31.062
8. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) – 1: 31.087
9. Paul Espargaro (Repsol Honda) – 1: 31.102
10. Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing) – 1: 31.148
11. Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) – 1: 31.151
12. Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) – 1: 31.169
13. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) – 1: 31.228
=. Luca Marini (VR46 Racing) – 1: 31.228
15. Brad Binder (KTM Factory Racing) – 1: 31.353
Full results of free training of the MotoGP Grand Prix France (14/05/2022):