Dani Pedrosa edges Jorge Lorenzo in first Le Mans MotoGP practice

Honda rider Dani Pedrosa snatched top spot in first MotoGP practice at Le Mans, displacing 2015 French Grand Prix winner Jorge Lorenzo with two minutes to go

Dani Pedrosa edges Jorge Lorenzo in first Le Mans MotoGP practice

Lorenzo went to the top early in the second-half of the session, with the first sub-1m35s lap.

The Yamaha rider continued to lower his benchmark time, to a 1m34.398s, then a 1m34.150s and finally a 1m34.086s.

That looked set to be enough, before Pedrosa moved to the top, his 1m34.042s just 0.044 seconds up on Lorenzo.

Pedrosa has struggled with acceleration on his Honda so far this season, not helped by stiffer rear-construction Michelin tyres, but appeared more comfortable during the opening 45 minutes of running in France.

Marc Marquez made it two Honda riders in the top three, having started his final run in ninth.

Ducati ramped up its winglet development again, introducing a new set-up for the stop-start Bugatti circuit.

After struggling at Jerez, Andrea Dovizioso was fourth and Andrea Iannone sixth, the pair split by Valentino Rossi.

Tech3 Yamaha's Pol Espargaro was the leading satellite rider in seventh, ahead of Suzuki's Maverick Vinales.

French rider Loris Baz finished the session ninth, but fell at Turn 8 late on.

Fellow satellite Ducati man Yonny Hernandez crashed early at the same place.

Cal Crutchlow was 10th, with the top 14 riders covered by one second.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m34.042s - 20
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m34.086s 0.044s 20
3 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m34.323s 0.281s 21
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m34.343s 0.301s 18
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m34.452s 0.410s 22
6 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m34.489s 0.447s 19
7 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m34.597s 0.555s 20
8 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m34.632s 0.590s 20
9 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m34.727s 0.685s 21
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m34.732s 0.690s 20
11 Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m34.757s 0.715s 22
12 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m34.799s 0.757s 19
13 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m34.816s 0.774s 19
14 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m34.984s 0.942s 19
15 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m35.308s 1.266s 19
16 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m35.355s 1.313s 17
17 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Aprilia 1m35.381s 1.339s 20
18 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda Honda 1m35.465s 1.423s 18
19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Aprilia 1m35.798s 1.756s 18
20 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda Honda 1m36.283s 2.241s 21
21 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m36.472s 2.430s 16


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