Jack Miller made a promising start to the French MotoGP weekend with a close seventh place (+0.252s) on old rubber during Friday morning's FP1.

But the Australian was caught out by a medium front tyre and fell at the start of FP2, which appears to have damaged a sensor, meaning his Pramac Ducati behaved strangely for the rest of the session.

A further fall followed and Miller was the only rider not to improve on his morning time, although he holds a provisional Qualifying 2 place courtesy of tenth overall and is confident, with the sensor fixed, 'I've got a lot more left in me'.

"We already knew [the medium front] was going to be a bit on the limit, but we've only got five front softs, so we used the medium just to see what it was going to be like. I really tried to push it on the outlap but I just couldn't seem to get the temperature," Miller said.

"I went into turn two no quicker than normal, but as soon as I got to the apex it just sort of went away on me. It caught me a little by surprise.

"I came in, the boys fixed the bike, and I put on the 20 lap [soft tyre] from this morning. Went back out and I had some weird vibrations and weird feeling with the bike.

"I wasn't too sure if it was because we had such a used front tyre and newer rear or what. So I came back in, put two new tyres in, including a soft rear, but I just couldn't get the bike to stay on line.

"I think the knock [from the fall] caused one of the sensors in the bike to stop working.

"I was missing apexes everywhere and it was just a bit of a shit fight to be honest. I was just struggling as opposed to this morning where I was really consistent with used tyres."

Miller was reluctant to give details of the sensor issue, only that "it was coming from the rear" which could mean the engine behaviour or perhaps the salad box.

"I can't say too much. We’ll have it sorted for tomorrow.

"This is a track I like and it the works well for the Ducati. This morning, with used tyres I was still able to put in really good lap times. We [changed] preload for the last run and, with 18 something laps on the tyre, it felt better than the first exit.

"We'll have to wait and see what the weather will do tomorrow. We got 10th today but I don't want to be scraping into Qualifying 2 like that. Like I said, I did that lap time this morning with a lot of laps on the tyre. I've got a lot more left in me…"

Rookie team-mate Francesco Bagnaia was twelfth fastest in FP2.

 

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