French GP: 250cc Quotes after QP1

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1st Álvaro Bautista: 1.38.479 (22 laps)
“We were fast from the start of the session with a full fuel tank and did a great job throughout. At the end on new tyres the other riders improved and we had to fight hard to the end to make sure of provisional pole. It was my best ever lap at this track – last year I did a 38.8 but I managed a 38.4 today. My feeling with the bike is good, everything is under control and I’m happy. I’ve never been on the podium at this track so lets see if, after such a strange start to the season, Le Mans can be the place that the luck returns for good. I’m really fast in T4 so I’m looking to the other sections to make up time.”

16th Héctor Faubel: 1.40.182 (18 laps)
“Today was a tough day for us and a few things came up that were out of our control. First it was a spark plug and then there was a problem with the exhaust pipe, which cost us a lot of time and meant we only got five or six useful laps in. We changed the chassis in both sessions because the bike felt too long but we didn’t have time to compare the results. I’ve never been on the podium here and I don’t feel a particular affinity for the track but we’re here to improve and I think another second will see us in the top ten.”

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