Yamaha domination in France as Viñales takes pole, Zarco flies the flag – and Rossi starts from the front
Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took another impressive pole position at a proven venue for the 2013 Moto3™ World Champion, topping the timesheets from teammate Valentino Rossi in a huge leap forward from the more difficult Spanish GP for the two. Home hero Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) took his first ever front row start in an electric atmosphere at the Bugatti circuit.
It was a last lap dash for Zarco after also proving a superstar in Q1, the Frenchman getting his head down and into the zone as the factory Yamaha pairing pushed at the front. Seemingly forced to settle for Row 2, the double Moto2™ Champion kept pounding around the 2.6 mile circuit undeterred and lit up the timesheets on his final lap to take back the front row.
MotoGP Qualifying Results
1 – Maverick Vñales (SPA – Yamaha) 1’31.994
2 – Valentino Rossi (ITA – Yamaha) +0.106
1st Independent Team Rider:
Pos 3 – Johann Zarco (FRA – Yamaha) + 0.235