Jack Miller continues his firm grip on the MotoGP class at Le Mans, ending the first day of practice on top of the timesheets, the KTM proving its worth. Miller was the only rider to get into the 1'30s in difficult conditions, cold temperatures and a stiff breeze sucking heat out of tires and causing a spate of crashes.
Aleix Espargaro's best lap put him top for a few brief moments, until Miller demoted the Aprilia rider to second. Marco Bezzecchi led a trio of Ducatis, the Mooney VR46 riders ahead of the Pramac pairing of Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco.
Maverick Viñales put the second Aprilia into sixth spot, a hundredth of a second ahead of Miller's KTM teammate Brad Binder. Marc Marquez used the new Kalex chassis and a tow from Martin to get into eighth, before losing the front on the entry to Chemin aux Boeufs, and destroying the bike as it tumbled through the gravel.
Pecco Bagnaia ended the session ninth, the factory Ducati rider ahead of the Gresini Ducati of Alex Marquez, who was the last rider to book an automatic spot in Q2. Fabio Quartararo had pushed hard for a quick lap early, but came up a tenth and a half short, managing only the twelfth best time. He will face Luca Marini, Alex Rins, and Joan Mir in Q1.
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