Dani Pedrosa has maintained his spot at the top of the timesheets at Le Mans, carefully controlling the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at the French circuit. The Repsol Honda man took over the top spot with two thirds of the session gone, and kept pushing to cut his lap times and extend his lead.
Teammate Marc Marquez took second spot, just pipping Valentino Rossi and forcing the Italian down into third by a few thousandths of a second. Rossi held off his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo by three hundredths, finishing ahead of Lorenzo for the first time this year in a session during a race weekend. Stefan Bradl set the fifth fastest time, a tenths slower than Lorenzo, and a couple of tenths ahead of Cal Crutchlow in 6th.
The two Ducatis ended in seventh and eighth, both just over half a second behind Pedrosa, the Ducati looking more competitive here than at any other track so far this year. Alvaro Baustista took 9th spot, and Aleix Espargaro ended the session in 10th and best CRT machine, just over a second slower than Pedrosa.
The times set during this session could prove to be crucial, as the forecast for Saturday is looking very uncertain. If rain does fall, then this session will have determined who goes straight through to QP2, with Bradley Smith and Andrea Iannone once again struggling to make it through at the first attempt. Iannone is in the most trouble, the Italian having crashed heavily during the afternoon session, and banged the arm he was operated on after Jerez.
|10||41||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia ART||1'35.045||1.010||0.306|
|13||14||Randy de Puniet||Aprilia ART||1'35.447||1.412||0.014|
|15||8||Hector Barbera||FTR Kawasaki||1'35.940||1.905||0.076|
|16||5||Colin Edwards||FTR Kawasaki||1'36.449||2.414||0.509|
|17||71||Claudio Corti||FTR Kawasaki||1'36.643||2.608||0.194|
|18||17||Karel Abraham||Aprilia ART||1'36.759||2.724||0.116|
|19||9||Danilo Petrucci||Suter BMW||1'36.764||2.729||0.005|
|20||7||Hiroshi Aoyama||FTR Kawasaki||1'36.821||2.786||0.057|
|21||68||Yonny Hernandez||Aprilia ART||1'37.104||3.069||0.283|
|22||67||Bryan Staring||FTR Honda||1'37.878||3.843||0.774|
|24||52||Lukas Pesek||Suter BMW||1'38.818||4.783||0.795|