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Oliveira: KTM MotoGP results 'not reflecting our true pace'

Miguel Oliveira doesn’t believe KTM has hit a wall in terms of progress in the 2021 MotoGP season and says the results “are not reflecting our true position” right now. 

Aleix Espargaro more "frustrated than ever" at Le Mans DNF

Aleix Espargaro says he's "more frustrated than ever" at his French Grand Prix retirement after an issue with his Aprilia MotoGP bike forced him out on lap 16 of 27.

Bagnaia 'lucky' French MotoGP was wet after bike issue

Erstwhile MotoGP championship leader Francesco Bagnaia admits he was ‘lucky’ Sunday’s French Grand Prix was a flag-to-flag as his main bike developed an issue.

Alex Marquez: Slick laps on wet track "key" to recovery

Alex Marquez says the “key” to his recovery from 19th to sixth in the MotoGP French Grand Prix was his 'risky' early laps on slicks when rain started to fall.

Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's

Hot on the heels of his first MotoGP win in five years, Jack Miller made it two from two with a commanding French Grand Prix victory at Le Mans despite two long-lap penalties. Impressive though it was, it was an expectation-defying performance from an anticipated title rival that was the real standout.

Zarco "wrong" to be disappointed about lost home MotoGP win French GP
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Zarco "wrong" to be disappointed about lost home MotoGP win

Pramac's Johann Zarco says the early laps after his bike swap in the French Grand Prix cost him a maiden MotoGP win, but he would be "wrong" to be disappointed.

Rossi doesn't like "dangerous" flag-to-flag MotoGP races

Petronas SRT’s Valentino Rossi says he doesn’t like flag-to-flag MotoGP races like Sunday’s French Grand Prix at Le Mans because “they are more dangerous” than normal ones.

Morbidelli, Espargaro at odds over French MotoGP clash

Franco Morbidelli believes the blame for clash with Honda’s Pol Espargaro on lap one of the MotoGP French Grand Prix which led to the former crashing “has to be shared”.

Marquez “angry” at “unnecessary” Le Mans crash French GP
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Marquez “angry” at “unnecessary” Le Mans crash

Marc Marquez admits he is “angry” about the second of his crashes in the wet MotoGP French Grand Prix as it was “not necessary”.

Miller “didn’t believe” French MotoGP long-lap penalties French GP
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Miller “didn’t believe” French MotoGP long-lap penalties

French Grand Prix winner Jack Miller admits he “didn’t really believe” the notification telling him he had two long-lap penalties to serve for pitlane speeding in Sunday’s MotoGP race. 

Quartararo: French MotoGP “strangest race on my life” French GP
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Quartararo: French MotoGP “strangest race on my life”

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo says Sunday’s MotoGP French Grand Prix was the “strangest race of my life” having never ridden in a flag-to-flag scenario before.

MotoGP champion Mir baffled by race-ending Le Mans crash French GP
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MotoGP champion Mir baffled by race-ending Le Mans crash

Reigning MotoGP world champion admits “I don’t know what happened” when he crashed out of the wet French Grand Prix on the fifth lap.

French MotoGP: Miller wins chaotic flag-to-flag race French GP
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French MotoGP: Miller wins chaotic flag-to-flag race

Ducati’s Jack Miller won a chaotic flag-to-flag French Grand Prix despite two long-lap penalties in a crash-strewn MotoGP contest as Fabio Quartararo reclaimed the championship lead.

MotoGP riders call for French GP date change over safety fears French GP
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MotoGP riders call for French GP date change over safety fears

Leading MotoGP riders have called for future French Grands Prix at Le Mans to be moved to later in the year to avoid “nightmare” weather conditions.

MotoGP French Grand Prix - Start time, how to watch & more

MotoGP travels to Le Mans this weekend for the fifth round of the 2021 season. Here's how you can watch the French Grand Prix on Sunday, May 16.

Mir: Season-worst MotoGP qualifying result ‘no big change’

MotoGP world champion Joan Mir is relaxed about his season-worst qualifying result of 14th for Sunday’s French Grand Prix as it’s “not a big change” from his usual grid slots.

Quartararo ‘won’t be first for long’ if French GP wet French GP
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Quartararo ‘won’t be first for long’ if French GP wet

French Grand Prix poleman Fabio Quartararo admits “we will not stay long in first position” in Sunday’s Le Mans MotoGP race if it starts off in wet conditions.

Marquez: Second-row start for French MotoGP is "best dream"

Honda’s Marc Marquez says he isn’t bitter about losing a potential MotoGP pole for the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, as the top two rows were his “best dream”.

Rossi "too conservative" on final French MotoGP qualifying lap French GP
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Rossi "too conservative" on final French MotoGP qualifying lap

Petronas SRT’s Valentino Rossi says he was “too conservative” on his final lap in MotoGP French Grand Prix qualifying and admits an earlier moment affected him in the last sector.

French MotoGP: Quartararo snatches pole in dramatic qualifying French GP
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French MotoGP: Quartararo snatches pole in dramatic qualifying

Fabio Quartararo snatched a home MotoGP pole ahead of Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales in a dramatic French Grand Prix qualifying session.

French MotoGP: Marquez quickest in wet third practice

Honda’s Marc Marquez topped a mostly wet MotoGP FP3 ahead of the French Grand Prix, with the conditions locking in a volatile Q1 group for qualifying.

MotoGP French Grand Prix qualifying - Start time, how to watch

MotoGP travels to Le Mans this weekend for the French Grand Prix. Here's how you can watch qualifying for the fifth round of the 2021 season on Saturday.

Marquez: No Honda rider close to victory in MotoGP French GP
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Marquez: No Honda rider close to victory in MotoGP

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits "I don't see any Honda rider close to victory" right now, following the opening day of the French Grand Prix.

Rossi buoyed by MotoGP test gains at Le Mans French GP
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Rossi buoyed by MotoGP test gains at Le Mans

Valentino Rossi says he is “a bit stronger” after French Grand Prix practice compared to other 2021 races thanks to gains made in the post-race Jerez test.

Honda boss Puig's MotoGP return "crucial" – Pol Espargaro

Pol Espargaro says Honda MotoGP team boss Alberto Puig's return to action this weekend at the French Grand Prix is "crucial" for him to continue his growth on the bike.

Mir doubtful on French GP chances amid Suzuki struggles

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says “I don’t think I can win” the French Grand Prix as Suzuki is “struggling” at Le Mans this weekend.

Quartararo: MotoGP tyre warm-up a “total disaster” at Le Mans

Fabio Quartararo says tyre warm-up in the cold conditions at Le Mans on Friday of the MotoGP French Grand Prix was “a total disaster” after a slew of crashes.

French MotoGP: Zarco on top in crash-strewn second practice

Pramac Ducati’s Johann Zarco led compatriot Fabio Quartararo on the Yamaha in a dry but crash-strewn second practice for the MotoGP French Grand Prix.

Vinales outlines key area of improvement for Yamaha in MotoGP

Maverick Vinales admits his and Yamaha’s “way of working” on MotoGP race weekends needs to improve as he feels things could be done “faster” than they are currently.

French MotoGP: Miller dominates damp opening practice French GP
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French MotoGP: Miller dominates damp opening practice

Ducati's Jack Miller dominated a damp first practice for the MotoGP French Grand Prix having gambled on a slick-tyre lap late on.

Miller has "score to settle" with Le Mans in MotoGP

Ducati’s Jack Miller says he has a “score to settle” with Le Mans after an unavoidable mechanical issue ruled him out of victory contention in 2020’s MotoGP French Grand Prix.

Marquez "careful" with Honda MotoGP bike feedback French GP
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Marquez "careful" with Honda MotoGP bike feedback

Marc Marquez says he needs to be “careful” when working with his Honda MotoGP engineers as his feedback currently is “not as precise” as it used to be.

2021 MotoGP French GP – How to watch, session times & more

MotoGP travels to Le Mans for the fifth round of the 2021 season. Here's the full schedule for the French Grand Prix.

Gresini becoming Aprilia MotoGP satellite would be "romantic"

Aleix Espargaro believes the Gresini Racing MotoGP team becoming Aprilia's official satellite squad in 2022 would be "romantic" following the death of Fausto Gresini in February.

Rossi has SRT’s support after worst-ever MotoGP season start

Valentino Rossi says he has a lot of support from Petronas SRT amidst his worst-ever start to a MotoGP season in the nine-time grand prix world champion’s career.