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Le Mans MotoGP: Quartararo leads Marquez in warm-up

SRT Yamaha rookie Fabio Quartararo set the pace in the Sunday morning MotoGP warm-up session at Le Mans, followed by pole-sitter Marc Marquez.

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Le Mans MotoGP: Quartararo leads Marquez in warm-up

Quartararo and teammate Franco Morbidelli led for nearly the entire session, with the duo taking turns in first place in the opening half.

KTM's Pol Espargaro took a shock lead with seven minutes to go, but Quartararo reclaimed the lead soon afterwards, and improved two more times before the session came to an end.

He eventually ended up with a 1m32.483s, leading Marquez by 0.142s, both riders setting their best times after the chequered flag fell.

Espargaro took an impressive third for KTM, followed by LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow and Maverick Vinales, whose session ended early with a fast crash at Turn 3.

Andrea Dovizioso was the top Ducati in sixth, more than half a second off the pace, with Morbidelli ending up seventh.

French Grand Prix front-row starters Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci were eighth and ninth respectively, with Valentino Rossi completing the top 10.

Jorge Lorenzo and Alex Rins were a lowly 14th and 15th respectively, the latter's teammate Joan Mir crashing twice in 20 minutes.

Avintia Ducati's Tito Rabat was another rider to fall, and the Spaniard ended the session dead last.

Session results

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap km/h
1 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 13 1'32.483 162.905
2 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 12 1'32.625 0.142 162.655
3 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 12 1'32.705 0.222 162.515
4 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 13 1'32.861 0.378 162.242
5 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 10 1'32.963 0.480 162.064
6 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 12 1'33.008 0.525 161.986
7 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 13 1'33.019 0.536 161.966
8 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 13 1'33.100 0.617 161.825
9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 11 1'33.125 0.642 161.782
10 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 12 1'33.202 0.719 161.648
11 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 12 1'33.414 0.931 161.282
12 France Johann Zarco
KTM 12 1'33.422 0.939 161.268
13 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 13 1'33.462 0.979 161.199
14 Spain Jorge Lorenzo
Honda 12 1'33.511 1.028 161.114
15 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 12 1'33.688 1.205 160.810
16 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 12 1'33.692 1.209 160.803
17 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 5 1'33.872 1.389 160.495
18 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 13 1'33.874 1.391 160.491
19 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 13 1'34.213 1.730 159.914
20 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia 11 1'34.460 1.977 159.496
21 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 12 1'34.812 2.329 158.903
22 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 6 1'35.883 3.400 157.129
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