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Ducati racers dominate the French GP front start

Two racers from the Lenovo Ducati team dominated the front start at the French GP after recording the fastest time in the qualifying session, Saturday (14/5/2022). Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller will start in positions one and two, making their chances of reaching the podium wide open.




Bagnaia even broke the fastest lap record officially recorded at the Bugatti Le Mans circuit with a time of 1 minute 30.450 seconds. This record also surpassed the achievement of Enea Bastianini of Gresini Racing Ducati and became the fifth record-breaking time this weekend. The achievement of this leading start is also a repetition of the last Spanish GP.

In third place was Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro. The winner of the podium in Portimao and Jerez, who is also the champion of the Argentine GP, admitted that he took advantage of the good results in the Jerez test on the motorbike setting. Mainly to improve performance.

“The Aprilia RS-GP is at an incredible level right now, but that doesn't mean it can't be improved. Especially at the start of the race which affects the final result. The team is working calmly and well towards the French GP," said Aleix.

His teammate, Maverick Vinales, is still trying to adapt to his bike. In Sunday's race, Vinales started from 14th position.
In fourth place is Fabio Quartarao from the Monster Yamaha team and is a rider from the Japanese manufacturer in the top five riders. Quartararo himself has revealed that he got a good pace during free practice and hopes for the best results in the next race, although disappointed with the qualifying result that saw him start in fourth position.

“But after a while, I feel happy knowing that we are very good and consistent. The achievement of 1 minute 30.6 seconds is very good. I feel like I'm at my limit and there's nothing more I can give. I hope the race is different to Jerez," said Quartararo.

The host racer also noticed that the tire temperature and pressure were different from the previous race. The race which lasted 27 laps gave anyone the opportunity to attack the racer in front. The 2021 world champion feels confident in both dry and wet conditions, to win.

Another interesting achievement came from Bastianini who started in fifth position. This Italian racer became a non-factory racer alias from a satellite team who was in the leading five racers. Bastia said this result was quite satisfactory and showed the ability of his motorbike to be very fast throughout the weekend.

"I can say that our team came back well. There were some technical issues over the weekend but the team feels ready for the race session, even if it rains. Being up front is definitely an advantage. I see Quartararo also has good pace but we will try to stay close to him later," Bastianini said.

Another interesting achievement came from Bastianini who started in fifth position. This Italian racer became a non-factory racer aka from a satellite team who was in the leading five racers. Bastia said this result was quite satisfactory and showed the ability of his motorbike to be very fast throughout the weekend.

"I can say that our team came back well. There were some technical issues over the weekend but the team feels ready for the race session, even if it rains. Being up front is definitely an advantage. I see Quartararo also has good pace but we will try to stay close to him later," Bastianini said.

Marc revealed that he felt the bike setting was not so good in the fourth free practice. This made him have to improve time and speed coupled with minor accidents.

“I then went through qualifying with new tires and hoped to get the fastest time but the speed wasn't there. We need to understand why. Normally I can adapt well in this weather, but not today. Looking at the timetable, we can still fight in the second group in the race later," said Marc.

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