Local star Randy de Puniet
pleased the home fans by leading Qualifying 1 for the French MotoGP at Le Mans.
de Puniet finished the session 0.178s ahead of Aspar Aprilia team-mate Aleix Espargaro.
The CRT pair will now join the top ten riders after third practice in the Qualifying 2 pole position shootout.
The manufacturer riders missing out on a place in Q2 will be Pramac Ducati's team-mates Andrea Iannone (+0.347s) and Michele Pirro (+0.513s), third and fourth in Q1.