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.
Andrea Iannone finished sixth at the chequered flag after making a mistake at the start, while his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was classified ninth overall.
Hiroshi Aoyama unfortunately crashed out of the race but thankfully escaped serious injury.