HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France 18 Mai - 20 Mai
Row 2 start for Ducati Team riders in French GP: Andrea Dovizioso fifth and Jorge Lorenzo sixth in qualifying at Le Mans
The Ducati Team riders
will start tomorrow’s French Grand Prix at the Bugatti circuit in Le Mans from the second row of the grid.
Andrea Dovizioso, who this morning in FP3 had been unable to improve on his provisional pole time set yesterday, finished the combined standings in fifth place and then remained in that position in the afternoon’s Q2 with a time of 1’31.553.
Jorge Lorenzo on the other hand managed to move up from yesterday’s tenth place to fifth in FP3 (sixth overall), and he also finished Q2 in the same position with a lap of 1’31.590.
The French Grand Prix, round 5 of the championship, will start at 14.00 CET tomorrow afternoon and will be run over a distance of 27 laps.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) - 5th (1’31.553)
“Today went well. The feeling with my Desmosedici GP is very good and seeing as I already had good speed, this afternoon we were able to concentrate on working on the set-up and on tyres, and now we have very clear ideas for tomorrow. I’m pleased with everything, we are in a good situation and we have the pace to fight for the podium, but there are many quick riders and so it will only be in the race that we will see which riders have better pace than the others.”
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99) – 6th (1’31.590)
“Even though we are not on the front row, it was a positive day in many aspects. We followed the same working method as Jerez and, thanks also to the new chassis that I had tested at Mugello, bit by bit we were able to improve the bike. I just missed out on an ‘explosive’ lap but in any case I’m happy with my starting position. We have a good race pace, but there are a lot of fast riders out there and until tomorrow it’s going to be difficult to interpret the potential of each one. We’ll try and fight for the podium, and in any case take home the best result possible.”