Lorenzo sets quickest FP3 time at Le Mans

Jorge Lorenzo signalled his intent ahead of the French Grand Prix by taking the top time in Saturday morning's practice session at Le Mans.

With low track temperatures greeting the riders, the first half of the session saw very little movement on Friday's FP2 times, with the exception of Lorenzo and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, both riders improving their best times early on.

Consistent within the 1m33s bracket throughout the 45 minutes, Lorenzo remained on top until the final few minutes, when Andrea Iannone moved into the top spot despite his shoulder pain.

But Lorenzo wasn't to be outdone, and set a best time of 1m32.647s to close out the session after the chequered flag fell, beating Iannone by 0.371s.

Cal Crutchlow was also able to improve late on aboard the LCR Honda machine, with the British rider moving into third place with his final lap of 1m33.126s to finish ahead of Dovizioso.

Friday pacesetter Bradley Smith was also affected by the cool weather conditions and the Tech 3 rider sat in fifth, unable to better his fastest lap. It was a similar story for Marc Marquez, who despite having a new swing arm on his factory Honda had to settle for sixth position – nearly a second off Lorenzo.

Dani Pedrosa finished one place behind his teammate in seventh, while Pramac's Yonny Hernandez outpaced factory Yamaha man Valentino Rossi for eighth.

Pol Espargaro grabbed the final spot in the top 10 for the Tech 3 team to secure the last automatic Q2 berth, while his brother Aleix crashed out of the session early on with a nasty high side on his factory Suzuki machine.

Practice results:

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m32.647
Andrea Iannone Ducati 0.371
Cal Crutchlow Honda 0.479
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.529
Bradley Smith Yamaha 0.855
Marc Marquez Honda 0.870
Dani Pedrosa Honda 0.950
Yonny Hernandez Ducati 0.999
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1.047
10  Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1.135
11  Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1.190
12  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1.410
13  Scott Redding Honda 1.450
14  Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1.567
15  Hector Barbera Ducati 1.685
16  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1.694
17  Jack Miller Honda 1.858
18  Nicky Hayden Honda 1.957
19  Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 2.112
20  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 2.353
21  Karel Abraham Honda 2.454
22  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 2.840
23  Eugene Laverty Honda 2.864
24  Alex de Angelis ART 3.024
25  Marco Melandri Aprilia 3.064

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Series MotoGP
Event French GP
Track Le Mans Circuit Bugatti
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Bradley Smith , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Cal Crutchlow , Dani Pedrosa , Yonny Hernandez , Pol Espargaro , Andrea Iannone
Teams Yamaha Factory Racing , Repsol Honda Team , Team Suzuki MotoGP , Pramac Racing , Tech 3 , Team LCR
Article type Practice report