Kenan Sofuoglu shrugged off a fall within the first ten minutes of the opening World Supersport free practice session of the weekend to go fastest at Magny-Cours.
Less than a week after his triumph at Imola, Sofuoglu set the pace initially before taking a tumble and being forced back into the pit lane to regroup.
While Joan Lascorz would go on to set the pace during that time, a fall for the Kawasaki rider would allow Sofuoglu to get back in charge with just under ten minutes of the session remaining.
Despite also missing a good portion of the practice session himself, Lascorz remained second fastest, just three hundredths adrift of Sofuoglu and seven tenths up on third place local favourite Fabien Foret.
It was a good session all round for Honda, particularly outgoing champions Ten Kate, with Andrew Pitt backing Sofuoglu up in fourth, while Barry Veneman on a year-old CBR600RR supplied by the Dutch outfit was sixth. The Intermoto Czech Honda of Massimo Roccoli split them in fifth place.
In the battle for the Supersport title, Eugene Laverty drew first blood with the seventh best time, two positions ahead of Cal Crutchlow, who was another to suffer a fall before taking a cautious approach for the remainder of the session on the way to ninth.
Garry McCoy made it four different manufacturers inside the top ten in tenth, just ahead of returning Althea rider Matthieu Lagrive and his team-mate Mark Aitchison.
Elsewhere, a growing British contingent sees Chaz Davies in 14th, Sam Lowes 18th, Dan Linfoot 20th – ahead of his WSS debut on the Node4 Yamaha -, Michael Laverty 22nd and Kev Coghlan 27th.