Cold temperatures and intermittent rain showers throughout the opening day of the French GP produced mixed results for the Repsol Honda Team in Le Mans.
Marc Marquez, who used the new exhaust on both his bikes, was second fastest in wet-but-drying FP1 and then again in fully wet FP2, showing that he is already quite comfortable on his RC213V despite the tricky mixed conditions.
Dani Pedrosa suffered more in the cold conditions, struggling to put temperature into his rear tyre, and he set the 13th fastest time in the morning and the 21st in the afternoon, ending the day 14th in the combined standings.
The weather forecast for tomorrow and Sunday is better, and both Marc and Dani look forward to some dry track time in order to best prepare for the race.
Combined Free Practice Times
Built in 1965 around the existing 24-Hour track, the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit lies 5km south of the city of Le Mans and 200km south-west of Paris. The venue has hosted Grand Prix since the late sixties but a serious accident to Spanish rider Alberto Puig in… read more.
|4.185 kilometres / 2.6 miles
|0.674 kilometres / 0.419 miles
|Resurfaced before 2017 round
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|1m 30.450s (166.5km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
|1m 31.778s (164.1km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
|41m 34.613s (163 km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2022)
|2023 Race Winner
|Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati)
|2023 Sprint Winner
|Jorge Martin (Ducat)