Aprilia's Savadori and fellow rookie Marini lead Qualifying 1 at the French MotoGP, which took place using wet tyres on a fast-drying track.

The pair now advance to the Q2 pole position shootout, where they will join the ten fastest riders after third practice.

The others - including world championship leader Bagnaia and reigning champion Mir -  will start, in the following order, from 13th on the grid onwards.

Savadori led a MotoGP session for the very first time despite an early fall, with Marquez and Rabat also sliding off during the 15-minute session.

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French MotoGP, Le Mans - Qualifying (1) Results
PosRiderNatTeam
1Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)
2Luca MariniITAVR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)
3Aleix EspargaroITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)
4Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
5Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
6Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)
7Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)
8Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)
9Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)
10Tito RabatSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)
11Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)
12Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)

* 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
 

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