After seeing numerous crashes during qualifying and practice sessions, the rider grid for Sunday’s French GP is finally set, with a 1-2 qualifying position by Fiat-Yamaha. Valentino Rossi will lead the pack from the pole position, likely to be followed closely by teammate Jorge Lorenzo. Rounding out the top four are the other two aliens, Dani Pedrosa (3rd) and Casey Stoner (4th). More and full qualifying results after the jump.

Nicky Hayden did well during qualifying, and kept close tabs on his teammate by staying only two-hundredths of a second behind Stoner’s GP10. Local favorite Randy de Puniet qualified an evil 6th place, .666 second behind Rossi’s best lap time, much to the delight of French fans in attendance.

The French outing however has not been good for Ben Spies or Alvaro Bautista, who suffered considerably from crashes. Spies called it a day after crashing during FP2, and will start from the 12th position because of it; whereas Bautista had a nasty highside during the same session, which caused the Spanish rider to retire from this weekend’s GP. Mika Kallio also found himself on the ground during FP2, but escaped relatively unharmed.

Racing action will be on SPEED at 8AM EST for American MotoGP fans.

Results from Qualifying at Le Mans for MotoGP’s French GP:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff. to Prev.
1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1’33.408
2 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1’33.462 0.054 0.054
3 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1’33.573 0.165 0.111
4 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1’33.824 0.416 0.251
5 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1’33.845 0.437 0.021
6 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1’34.074 0.666 0.229
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1’34.204 0.796 0.130
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1’34.304 0.896 0.100
9 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1’34.306 0.898 0.002
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1’34.514 1.106 0.208
11 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1’34.523 1.115 0.009
12 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1’34.920 1.512 0.397
13 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1’34.942 1.534 0.022
14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1’34.979 1.571 0.037
15 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1’35.323 1.915 0.344
16 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1’35.810 2.402 0.487
RET. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI