Smith grabs top practice time for Tech 3

Bradley Smith thrilled his Tech 3 Yamaha team by topping the timesheets in second practice at Le Mans ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.

The British rider set the fastest time of 1m33.179s in the closing stages to beat factory Yamaha rider Lorenzo by 0.179s, only to fall right at the end of the session, without injury, at the final corner - although nobody was able to beat his time.

Lorenzo held the top spot for the majority of the session, beating the early benchmark set by FP1 pacesetter Dovizioso by just over two tenths, with Smith slotting into third soon after before his late jump to the top of the times.

Dovizioso nonetheless impressed aboard the Ducati GP15, improved on his fastest lap in FP1 to record a 1m33.553s. Cal Crutchlow also improved from the morning and finished fourth on the LCR Honda.

Despite appearing to be pushing at the limit, reigning champion Marc Marquez was unable to threaten the frontrunners near the end of the session. The Repsol Honda rider set the fifth fastest time, half a second off the pace, one place ahead of points leader Valentino Rossi on the second factory Yamaha. 

The returning Dani Pedrosa further improved his set-up on the factory RC213V and set the seventh fastest time ahead of the Espargaro brothers, with Tech 3's Pol leading factory Suzuki rider Aleix. Both fell during the session, the latter in the same place as Smith.

Yonny Hernandez rounded out the top 10 for the Pramac Ducati team, one place ahead of a suffering Andrea Iannone, while the bragging rights for best Open Class rider of the day went to Jack Miller on the LCR Honda in 13th.

Practice results:

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
Bradley Smith Yamaha 1m33.179
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 0.190
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.374
Cal Crutchlow Honda 0.473
Marc Marquez Honda 0.491
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.507
Dani Pedrosa Honda 0.546
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 0.724
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 0.765
10  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 0.774
11  Andrea Iannone Ducati 0.913
12  Maverick Vinales Suzuki 0.931
13  Jack Miller Honda 1.074
14  Scott Redding Honda 1.192
15  Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1.364
16  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1.389
17  Nicky Hayden Honda 1.484
18  Hector Barbera Ducati 1.566
19  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1.823
20  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1.888
21  Karel Abraham Honda 1.911
22  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1.958
23  Eugene Laverty Honda 2.003
24  Alex de Angelis ART 2.759
25  Marco Melandri Aprilia 2.877
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Series MotoGP
Event French GP
Track Le Mans Circuit Bugatti
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Bradley Smith , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Aleix Espargaro , Dani Pedrosa , Marc Marquez , Yonny Hernandez , Pol Espargaro
Article type Practice report
Tags ducati, honda, le mans, pramac racing, tech 3, yamaha