Marc Marquez leads a MotoGP session for the first time since his comeback from injury, during a cold and wet Free Practice 3 for the French MotoGP at Le Mans.

Meanwhile, Morbidelli fell to his knees in pit lane while practicing a bike swap at the end of the session and had to be helped into the Petronas garage.

Update from Petronas: 'When practicing a bike swap during the FP3, Franco twisted his left knee slightly. He has been checked by the medical staff and been declared fit to continue with the weekend. He will undergo treatment in Clinica Mobile before FP4 starts.'

The top ten riders after FP3 (combined times) receive direct access to the second part of qualifying and the wet conditions meant there was no chance to improve on the dry Friday afternoon times.

That means the likes of Ducati's world championship leader Bagnaia, Suzuki riders Mir and Rins, plus Aprilia's Espargaro will need to take part in Qualifying 1, where only two of them will advance to Q2.

Jerez winner Miller fell at Turn 6 this morning, while fastest, with Marc Marquez taking over at the top by the midway stage.

Lecuona's strong session was interrupted by a tumble with 15mins to go, with fellow KTM rider Oliveira going quickest not long after. 

Marquez returned to the top in the final five minutes, as a dry line began to emerge, with Aprilia rookie Savadori causing a stir by briefly going fastest (while chasing Oliveira) before Marquez fought back for Repsol Honda.

Friday's home leader Zarco was again competitive this morning, in sixth. Countryman Quartararo, riding for the first time since arm-pump surgery on his right forearm but second fastest in the dry on Friday, spent much of the session outside of the top 15 as all the Yamahas seemed to struggle this morning.

Injured rookie Jorge Martin is again replaced by Rabat. Marquez, sidelined for nine months after complications to a broken right arm at Jerez last July, is taking part in his third event since returning to MotoGP action.

Lecuona has a three-second time penalty for the race after causing a crash, with Alex Marquez, at Jerez.

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French MotoGP, Le Mans - Free Practice (3) Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)1'40.736s18/19304k
2Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+0.613s17/19293k
3Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.716s21/21313k
4Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.721s19/20303k
5Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.935s17/18312k
6Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+1.039s20/20311k
7Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.081s19/20309k
8Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.319s17/18308k
9Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.400s18/19304k
10Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.587s18/18296k
11Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.780s19/19310k
12Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.784s20/20311k
13Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.796s13/14305k
14Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+2.477s19/21302k
15Tito RabatSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)+2.726s20/20303k
16Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+2.810s10/16301k
17Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+2.964s18/20297k
18Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+3.004s19/19292k
19Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+3.023s19/21303k
20Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+3.121s5/5308k
21Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+3.280s21/21299k
22Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+3.387s18/20303k

 

Riders directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
PosRiderNatTeam
1Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)
2Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
3Maverick VinalesESPMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
4Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda (RC213V)
5Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
6Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)
7Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)
8Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda (RC213V)
9Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
10Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)

* Rookie.
Fastest Friday time:
Johann Zarco FRA Ducati 1m 31.747s

(FP2)
Official Le Mans MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Johann Zarco FRA Yamaha 1m 31.185s (2018)
Fastest race lap:
Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 1m 32.309s (2017)

By Peter McLaren