Italian motorcycle racer Francesco Bagnaia has secured pole position for the French Grand Prix in MotoGP. The Ducati driver set a track record on the Le Mans circuit with 1.30.450. The French spectators hoped for pole for Fabio Quartararo, but the world champion did not get further than fourth place in qualifying in front of his own audience.
Quartararo gave 0.238 second on his Yamaha to Bagnaia, who won the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago from pole. The Italian just beat the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati). Miller admitted 0.069. Spaniard Aleix Espargaro also settled on the front row of the grid. The Aprilia driver set the third fastest time in qualifying.
Quartararo leads the World Cup standings after six grands prix with 89 points, Espargaro follows with 82. Bagnaia, last year’s number 2, is in fifth place.