Last year's wet Le Mans race winner Petrucci leads a soaking warm-up session for the French MotoGP, ahead of Miller and Oliveira.

Home star Zarco was an early faller, at Turn 8, swiftly followed by world champion Mir at Turn 3. Mir and then later Pol Espargaro and Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez all lost the rear, rather than the front, into the infamous first chicane. 

Most riders used the softer of the wet tyres front and rear, with a few trying the medium front.

A wet race is forecast for this afternoon, but the track is currently drying...

Quartararo is riding for the first time since arm-pump surgery on his right forearm. 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 - Warm-up Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax (km/h)
1Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)1'44.515s11/11297k
2Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.279s11/11307k
3Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.533s10/11297k
4Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.590s10/10294k
5Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.854s8/8299k
6Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.854s6/6307k
7Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.855s10/11300k
8Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.928s11/11304k
9Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.961s11/11294k
10Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.997s10/11303k
11Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.307s8/8301k
12Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.543s11/11290k
13Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.612s8/11302k
14Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.661s10/11305k
15Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.722s11/11292k
16Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.830s11/11300k
17Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+2.187s11/11293k
18Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+2.241s11/11284k
19Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+2.471s10/11300k
20Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+3.015s10/11303k
21Tito RabatSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)+3.442s11/11286k
22Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+3.736s5/8306k

* Rookie.
Fastest practice 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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