Smith causes a surprise by putting Aprilia fastest at the very end of a wet opening practice for the French MotoGP at Le Mans.

Despite 16 crashes in the previous Moto3 session, there were no fallers in MotoGP.

HRC test rider Bradl continues to replace injured reigning world champion Marc Marquez, but did not set a time in FP1.

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French MotoGP, Le Mans - Free Practice (1) Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1'43.804s15/15303k
2Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+0.154s21/21302k
3Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+0.220s17/17299k
4Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.328s16/16297k
5Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+0.344s19/19303k
6Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.376s19/21300k
7Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.637s23/23297k
8Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.707s21/21297k
9Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.850s18/19304k
10Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.956s16/19308k
11Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.979s18/19294k
12Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.042s19/19301k
13Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.176s20/20297k
14Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+1.177s20/21302k
15Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+2.318s16/19297k
16Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+2.441s20/20299k
17Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+2.670s20/20299k
18Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+2.690s19/19298k
19Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+2.714s13/17288k
20Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+2.814s21/21291k
21Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+3.052s20/20292k
 Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)No Time0/00

* Rookie.
Official Le Mans MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Johann Zarco FRA Yamaha1m 31.185s (2018)
Fastest race lap:
Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha1m 32.309s (2017)

By Peter McLaren

 

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