Alvaro Bautista will start the French Grand Prix from the third row of the grid after qualifying in a creditable seventh position this afternoon despite a heavy crash this morning. The Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider was still in pain when qualifying practice got underway but he gritted his teeth to produce a fast lap and secure a good starting position for tomorrow's race. Bryan Staring also did a good job, improving his pace and setting some consistent lap times at another new circuit for him.
Lorenzo Baldassarri produced the best qualifying performance of his rookie season so far at Le Mans today, securing thirteenth place and a fifth row start for tomorrow's French Grand Prix. The Italian youngster has adapted quickly to the Bugatti Circuit despite never having ridden here before and showed his growing confidence with his bike. Seventeenth place for his team-mate Niccolò Antonelli was somewhat below expectations but the youngster is confident that he can still run with the front guys tomorrow.Published on : May 17 2013