MotoGP start time: What time does the French Grand Prix start?

Fabio Quartararo has claimed a home round pole position for the French MotoGP at Le Mans. Here's how and when you can watch the race

MotoGP start time: What time does the French Grand Prix start?

The current MotoGP world championship leader saw off Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci to take his third pole position of the season, while main title rival Joan Mir suffered his worst qualifying result of the season in 14th place.

Despite his potential advantage, Quartararo isn't planning to factor in Mir's situation for his home race as he aims to build on his victory last time out at the Catalan GP.

With Miller second and Petrucci third, LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow produced an impressive showing in qualifying to take fourth place ahead of Yamaha's Maverick Vinales and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso.

Francesco Bagnaia heads the third row for Pramac Ducati in front of Pol Espargaro (KTM) and Johann Zarco (Avintia Ducati), as Valentino Rossi was shuffled down to 10th for Yamaha.

Catalan GP polesitter Franco Morbidelli had a frustrating qualifying at Le Mans as he was pushed back to 11th place and is already bracing for a "nightmare" French GP.

When is the MotoGP French Grand Prix?

Date: Sunday 11th October 2020
Start time: 1:00pm CET, 12:00pm BST

The start time for the French GP is one hour earlier than the usual European schedule to avoid clashing with the Formula 1 Eifel GP for television broadcasters.

As a result the MotoGP race at Le Mans will start at 1:00pm local time and run directly after the Moto3 race which starts at 11:20am local time. After the MotoGP race, the Moto2 and MotoE races will take place.

How can I watch the French MotoGP?

In the United Kingdom, BT Sport have exclusive live broadcasting rights, with Quest TV set to show highlights. The race will be shown live on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting at 11:30am BST, directly after the Moto3 race.

BT Sport will also be showing the Moto3, Moto2 and MotoE races from Le Mans.

MotoGP also offers a live video streaming service to watch every practice, qualifying and race for all classes.

Weather forecast for the French MotoGP

Current weather forecasts predict cloudy but dry conditions at Le Mans for the whole of race day, with a high of 14 degrees Celsius for the start of the MotoGP race - approximately the same conditions as qualifying.

MotoGP French Grand Prix starting grid

Pos Rider Team Bike Time
1 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m31.315s
2 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m31.537s
3 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Ducati 1m31.674s
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m31.686s
5 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m31.719s
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m31.722s
7 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m31.752s
8 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m31.795s
9 Johann Zarco Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m31.832s
10 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m31.889s
11 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m31.891s
12 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM KTM 1m32.009s
13 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m32.179s
14 Joan Mir Suzuki Suzuki 1m32.187s
15 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m32.539s
16 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m32.757s
17 Brad Binder KTM KTM 1m32.766s
18 Alex Marquez Honda Honda 1m32.774s
19 Bradley Smith Aprilia Aprilia 1m32.833s
20 Iker Lecuona Tech3 KTM KTM 1m32.859s
21 Stefan Bradl Honda Honda 1m32.861s
22 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m33.610s

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