Jorge Lorenzo has been the man to beat in Le Mans, but good a consistent Marc Marquez upset the apple cart?
The Monster Energy Grand Prix de France starts at 14:00 Local Time and will last 28-laps.
- Jorge Lorenzo, the winner at Le Mans last year, starts from pole for the 63rd time in his Grand Prix career – the most poles by any rider in the modern-era of Grand Prix racing. This is the first time that Lorenzo has started from pole at Le Mans in the MotoGP™ class and is the first Yamaha rider to start from pole at Le Mans since Valentino Rossi in 2010.
- The last seven successive MotoGP™ races have been won by the rider starting from pole position.
- The Le Mans winner two years ago, Marc Marquez, is in second place on the grid, his 16th successive front row start.
- In third place on the grid is Andrea Iannone, his first front row start since the Australian Grand Prix last year.
- Heading the second row of the grid is Pol Espargaro, his best qualifying result since he was fourth fastest qualifier at Aragon last year.
- Andrea Dovizioso starts from fifth place on the grid – the first time since 2010 that he has failed to get on the front row at Le Mans.
- Bradley Smith has taken the final place on the second row, which is his best qualifying result so far in 2016.
- Valentino Rossi heads the third row of the grid – his worst qualifying result so far in 2016. After his win at Jerez, Rossi will be aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since he won in Catalunya and at the Dutch TT in 2009.
- The highest placed Suzuki rider on the grid is Maverick Viñales, in eighth place on the grid, which his is worst qualifying result so far this year.
- Cal Crutchlow starts from ninth place on the grid and is the second highest Honda rider in qualifying.
- Heading the fourth row of the grid is Danilo Petrucci, who is returning from injury and starting his first race of 2016.