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10 things to know before lights out for the French GP

After a spectacular Saturday, with Zarco on pole, you really don't want to miss the race at Le Mans...

1. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) has qualified on pole position for the fourth time in the MotoGP™ class, which is the first pole position by a French rider in the premier class at his home race since Christian Sarron in 500cc at Paul Ricard back in 1988.

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2. Zarco starts from the front row for the ninth successive race. He is also the highest-placed Yamaha rider on the grid for the fourth time this year.

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Watch Zarco's record pole lap in full 360!

3. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) is in second place on the grid, equalling his best starting position on the grid from Qatar this year.

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4. Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) is in third place on the grid for the second time this year. He will be aiming to become the first Ducati rider to win at Le Mans.

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Petrucci: "My target is to stay with the front guys"

5. Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) heads the second row on a Suzuki, making it four different manufacturers filling the top four places on the grid for the first time since Valencia last year. Iannone will be aiming to give Suzuki their fourth podium in a row for the first time in the premier class since 1994.

6. In fifth place on the grid is Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) who will be aiming to stand on the podium for the second time at Le Mans in the premier class and for the first time since Qatar this year.

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7. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team), who is the most successful rider at Le Mans with six Grand Prix wins, one in 250cc and five in the premier class, starts from sixth on the grid.

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8. Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing), who is the fourth Ducati in the Top 10, has qualified in seventh position, which is his best qualifying result since he was on pole in Argentina this year.

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Miller's pole-winning lap

9. In eighth place on the grid is Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who stood on the podium for the last two years at Le Mans.

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10. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who crashed out of the race on the final lap last year, has qualified in ninth place on the grid, which is his worst qualifying result at this track since he was also ninth back in 2011.

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