After two days of dry practice, MotoGP faced a cold and damp warm-up session at Le Mans on Sunday morning.
Occasional drizzle fell from the overcast sky throughout the session, but dry patches were also present and it was no surprise to see teams preparing for a possible 'flag to flag' (bike swap) race this afternoon.
Wet tyres were used throughout, with the best time - of 1m 44.307s - set by world champion Jorge Lorenzo
on the tenth of his eleven laps.
That time compares with Marc Marquez's dry pole lap of 1m 33.187s and gave Lorenzo a 0.455s advantage over fellow Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow, given medical clearance to race for the home Tech 3 team after suffering a small right shin fracture on Saturday.
Lorenzo, winner of last year's wet French GP, will start second on the grid and Crutchlow from fourth.
Marquez led for substantial parts of the warm-up before losing out to the M1 riders. Repsol Honda's title leader lapped 0.552s slower than Lorenzo. Fourth place went to Ducati's Nicky Hayden
with LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl - another to feature regularly in P1 - the final rider within one-second of Lorenzo.
Hayden's team-mate and front row starter Andrea Dovizioso
was sixth quickest, with leading CRT rider Aleix Espargaro in seventh for Aspar – having led earlier in the session.
Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa
was just eighth while the damp conditions didn't do Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi
any favours either. The Italian - who qualified in eighth – being ranked just ninth this morning (+1.2s).Warm-up:
1. Jorge Lorenzo
2. Cal Crutchlow
3. Marc Marquez
4. Nicky Hayden
5. Stefan Bradl
6. Andrea Dovizioso
7. Aleix Espargaro
8. Dani Pedrosa
9. Valentino Rossi
10. Yonny Hernandez
11. Alvaro Bautista
12. Karel Abraham
13. Bradley Smith
14. Randy De Puniet
15. Michele Pirro
16. Hiroshi Aoyama
17. Danilo Petrucci
18. Claudio Corti
19. Colin Edwards
20. Hector Barbera
21. Andrea Iannone
22. Bryan Staring
23. Lukas Pesek
24. Michael Laverty