A wet morning and drying afternoon presented ever-changing conditions for the Repsol Honda Team, Alex Marquez quickly adapting and posting competitive times with Stefan Bradl.

It was a cold and wet start to the day in Le Mans, France as overnight and early morning rain left the circuit wet. With very limited running on a drying track in Austria earlier in the year, many riders made the most of the wet time.

With a record of being strong in the rain in the smaller classes, Alex Marquez continued the trend as he quickly adapted to riding the RC213V in the wet. Focusing on longer runs during the morning, the MotoGP rookie made constant progress and challenged for a spot in the top ten throughout the session. Free Practice 2 gave Alex a chance to tackle the Le Mans circuit with slicks as a dry line eventually appeared. His pace from the morning remained and a 1’35.337 on his final flying lap saw the MotoGP rookie finish in sixth overall. Not only finishing as the top rookie and ahead of a number of championship contenders, Alex also holds a provisional spot in Q2.

Stefan Bradl arrived in France after two days of busy testing in Portugal. With morning conditions as they were, Bradl and his side of the Repsol Honda Team watched on from inside the box. With conditions improving for FP2, Bradl joined the action and was up to speed straight away. His knowledge of the RC213V allowed him and the Repsol Honda Team to quickly adjust the setup of the bike for the conditions. Bradl heads into Saturday with a best time of 1’36.478 and as the 17th fastest rider overall.

Takaaki Nakagami in third and Cal Crutchlow in fifth made it three Honda machines in the top six.

Weather looks set to once again dictate tomorrow’s action, the MotoGP class first out on circuit at 09:55 for a potentially frantic FP3 session should it be dry as predicted.

Alex Marquez

6th 1'35.337

“Today we got to try the bike in the wet, it’s only really the second time riding a MotoGP bike in the wet. The tyres are really different to in Moto2 and the Michelin wet tyre gives you a lot of confidence. Normally I am quite fast in the wet and I am pleased to feel good on the MotoGP bike in the wet. From now to the end of the year there could be a lot of wet races, so it is important to get a base setting for these conditions. Saturday and Sunday are looking colder than today, but dry, this might complicate everything a bit but I think we can manage it well.”

Stefan Bradl

17th 1'36.478

“We come here after an important test in Portimao, I was very happy to be there to help HRC. Our trip here meant we arrived very late, then when we saw the weather conditions today myself and the team decided it was better to stay inside because there was a lot to lose and not a lot to gain from conditions like this. But in the afternoon I felt quite good, it looks like missing FP1 did not hurt us. Let’s see what tomorrow brings with the weather and where we can improve.”

MotoGP 2020
Practice Round 10   France

French GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Wet
Humidity
84%
Track Temp
16°C
Air Temp
15°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1'34.356
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.144
3 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.501
4 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.698
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.785
6 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.981
7 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1.013
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.018
9 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.029
10 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.052
11 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1.133
12 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.411
13 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.481
14 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.482
15 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.656
16 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.834
17 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.122
18 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.626
19 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 4.370
20 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 5.005
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 5.809
22 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 6.069
Location Information

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.

Length 4.185 kilometres / 2.6 miles
Width 13 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 9
Longest straight 0.674 kilometres / 0.419 miles
Constructed 1966
Modified 2008
Resurfacing Resurfaced before 2017 round

Automobile Club de l'Ouest, Le Mans, France - View in Google Maps

www.lemans.org

Records

Pole Position 1m 31.185s (165.2km/h) Johann Zarco (Yamaha, 2018)
Race Lap 1m 32.309s (163.2km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2017)
Race Time 41m49.773s (162 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)
2020 Race Winner Danilo Petrucci (Ducati)