Dani Pedrosa returned to the team after a three race absence.
Valentino Rossi worked hard on his setting and finished the day in sixth place.
Andrea Dovizioso put Ducati on top in the first free practice session for this weekend’s MotoGP race at Le Mans, lapping almost a quarter of a second quicker than nearest rival Marc Marquez.
Dani Pedrosa will return to MotoGP action this weekend at Le Mans after missing the last three rounds following an operation to clear up an arm pump issue that has been plaguing the Spanish rider.
Sykes completes a second KRT 1-2 as Torres claims maiden podium finish in the series.