Marc Marquez finished the day second fastest with his time of 1’47.643
A tough race for the Repsol Honda riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.
Dani Pedrosa returned to the team after a three race absence.
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.
Valentino Rossi won the opening round of the MotoGP season under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar after a fantastic duel with Andrea Dovizioso.
Dovizioso’s pole-winning time was set on his second run in QP2.
Andrea Dovizioso will start from a surprise MotoGP pole position for Ducati after blitzing the Q2 qualifying session at Qatar on Saturday evening.
Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi made the most of their first practice session to be ready for Sunday‘s racing action.