Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa started working on the setup of their RC213V on the French GP’s opening day, which took place in fine albeit a bit cool weather conditions, with max air and ground temperatures of 22° and 27° C, respectively.

Marquez set the third-fastest time both in the morning and the afternoon sessions while working on electronics and on the general setup of the bike, looking to improve his pace on the first and third sectors of the track.

Pedrosa had a very positive start to the day, clocking the fastest time in FP1. He also started the afternoon session quite strong, breaking trough the 1’34” barrier in his first run before trying some setup changes that didn’t help him to make an additional step forward as he had hoped.

Both riders tried the new rear tyre that Michelin brought and look forward to continuing their work on it, beginning with tomorrow’s FP3 session at 9:55 a.m.local time.

MarquezMarc Marquez

3RD  1’33.313

“Today was demanding. We knew this circuit would cause us to struggle a bit, but we’re overcoming things fairly well. I have a good pace and I’m feeling good, although we’re losing some time on both of this circuit’s hard acceleration points; it’s something that’s difficult to recover from afterwards. We’re working on this aspect and we’ll see if we can take another step forward tomorrow, both with the electronics and with the setup of the bike. It will also be important to make a good decision about which tyres we’ll use on Sunday, although it seems that both of the compounds we have available are pretty good.”

PedrosaDani Pedrosa

8TH  1’33.748

“We started the day well, but in the end we didn’t finish off as we had hoped. The start of the second session also went well, but after that we were evaluating some technical changes that didn’t give us the results we wanted, and made me lose pace. We won’t make many changes to the bike’s setup tomorrow, in order to try to concentrate on my riding and on improving the pace for both the race and qualifying.”

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’32.830
2 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 0.339
3 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 0.483
4 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 0.576
5 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 0.744
6 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.765
7 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.783
8 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 0.918
9 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing 1.121
10 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1.144
11 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing 1.220
12 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 1.223
13 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing 1.253
14 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1.476
15 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing 1.534
16 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team 1.595
17 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Aspar MotoGP Team 1.701
18 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1.826
19 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1.912
20 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1.959
21 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2.259