Miller leads a scoring-only day due to rain

FP1 was practically useless due to the wet asphalt and in FP2 they were able to mount the dry tires, with Jack ahead of Maverick.


How ugly they tend to be for MotoGP, those days when it rains at times and at times it doesn't. The FP1 was practically useless on the wet asphalt, a lot. Already in FP2 they were able to mount the dry tires for a long time, but not for the whole session and it was on a tarmac that was very cold in any case. That made the first day of Le Mans nothing more than scoring, with Miller leading the timesheets, 0.367 ahead of Maverick. And it is that tomorrow, when qualifying time arrives, it is expected that it will not rain, so this first day of the French GP will have served for little more than saving tires and saving kilometers for some engines, something that is most appreciated It is at Yamaha (Quartararo and Maverick have already uncorked all five) .

Miller stopped the time in the afternoon at 1: 34.133, which allowed him to improve his morning time by ten seconds, but still fell far short of the French track record, held by Zarco since 2018 with 1: 31.185, almost three seconds faster than seen today. The Frenchman, by the way, suffered a problem in his Ducati and had to stop it, and then return with her on the service road to the Esponsorama Racing box. Returning to the anecdotal times table, after Miller and Maverick, Nakagami, Petrucci, Crutchlow, Álex Márquez, Morbidelli, Pol, Mir and Zarco qualified up to tenth place with provisional direct access to Q2. The latter two benefited from having their best time taken away from Zarco himself and Rossi. Further back came Quartararo 11th, Rossi 12th, Rins 14th, Lecuona 16th, Dovizioso 19th, Rabat 20th and Aleix 21st.

The oldest of the Espargaró was one of the five who fell during the afternoon session. The others were his partner Smith, who had surprisingly led in the morning, Dovizioso, Binder and Nakagami. The one who did not go to the ground but did have an exit from the track at Turn 8 was Maverick and, on his return, he did so without seeing that Mir was coming, with which he took the fight from the second overall, to eight Quartararo's lead points. Both the French and the Spanish showed in the morning that they are not as fast in the wet as they usually do in the dry this year. Luckily for them, and for everyone, the weather improves tomorrow and also on Sunday, when the race will be at 1:00 p.m. instead of at 2:00 p.m. as usual. That will make only Moto3 race ahead of MotoGP, which should be good news, for example, for Maverick, who suffers the most from the remains of rubber left by Moto2s.

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