As in the Formula 1, the rain was also present in the circuit of LeMans for the first round of free practice MotoGP. However, in this case the session could be played relatively normally and the results obtained were very surprising. The championship leaders did not have great lap times.
The conditions that were presented in the French Grand Prix They made it clear that the best pilots do not always have the best weapons to fight well at the top. The first three places on the time grid were occupied by drivers who are not usually in those places. The Ducati They had a great day and placed four bikes in the top five.
Bradley Smith was the fastest under the cold rain of LeMans. The Briton set the best times of the day near the end of the session and was able to get on top of Johaan Zarco. Smith posted a lap of 1m43s804, almost one tenth above the local driver.
Zarco located his Ducati of the team Avintia very close to Smith and is emerging as one of the candidates to take pole this Saturday. Behind the French he stayed Danilo petrucci, which by only two tenths did not take the best time of the day and closed a virtual podium for the second free practice session.
The first Yamaha that is in the grid of times is that of Maverick Viñales. The Spaniard finished sixth, ahead of Franco Morbidelli Y Valentino rossi, who finished seventh and eighth respectively. The leader of the championship, Fabio Quarataro, had a sharp decline in performance and finished in 18th position, so he will have to improve widely to be in the fight for Sunday’s race.