MotoGP starts up its second consecutive triple-header after a one-week break with the French Grand Prix. Here’s how to watch qualifying.
After a damp start to the race weekend at Le Mans, Jack Miller topped Friday practice for Pramac Ducati in FP2 as tricky conditions led to a number of crashes late on in the second session.
Current MotoGP world championship leader Fabio Quartararo opted for a cautious approach to Friday practice to avoid taking risks in the damp conditions which leaves him outside of the provisional top 10 and Q2 spots going into Saturday’s FP3.
Maverick Vinales was Miller’s closest challenger at the end of FP2, while he was involved in a near-miss incident with Suzuki’s Joan Mir during the session.
LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami slotted into third place ahead of 2019 French MotoGP rostrum-finisher Danilo Petrucci on the factory Ducati, with Cal Crutchlow on the sister LCR Honda rounding out the top five.
What time does qualifying start for the French MotoGP?
Qualifying for the French MotoGP is set to start at 2:10pm local time (1:10pm BST), using the regular Q1 and Q2 sessions format. Qualifying takes place directly after the 30-minute FP4 session which is set to start at 1:30pm local time (12:30pm BST).
The fastest 10 MotoGP riders on the FP1-2-3 combined timesheet automatically head into Q2, with the rest of the riders entering Q1 of qualifying. The two riders who are fastest in the 15-minute Q1 session will progress into Q2 to compete with the top 10 from practice. Q2, which also lasts 15 minutes, decides who gets pole position and the qualifying order for the front four rows of the grid.
Date: Saturday 10 October 2020
Start time: 2:10pm local time – 1:10pm BST
How can I watch qualifying?
In the United Kingdom every MotoGP practice, qualifying and race is broadcast live on BT Sport. MotoGP also offers its own live online video streaming service.
What’s the weather forecast for qualifying at Le Mans?
Dry but cloudy conditions are forecast for qualifying at Le Mans, with a low chance of rain. A high of 15 degrees Celsius for qualifying will mean temperatures will be roughly the same as Friday’s FP2.