Jorge Lorenzo put in a typically dominant display at Le Mans, taking top spot in the second session of free practice by a comfortable margin. The Movistar Yamaha rider was quick throughout, but upped his pace in the final ten minutes, as the entire field headed out for an assault on the top ten places, and passage through to Q2.
Andrea Iannone took second spot, the Factory Ducati rider pushing hard at the end of the session, dislodging Marc Marquez from behind Lorenzo. The Repsol Honda rider was fast for much of the session, though he could not match the scorching pace of Lorenzo. Pol Espargaro made good use of Marquez, the Monster Tech 3 rider fixing on Marquez as a target, and using him to up his pace, taking fourth spot on the timesheets at a track he likes.
Espargaro's fourth demoted Andrea Dovizioso to fifth, the Factory Ducati rider holding off a late assault by Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales. The two Suzuki riders were close to Dovizioso, but could not go faster than him. Fastest man of the morning Dani Pedrosa ended the session in eighth, nine tenths of a second off the pace of Lorenzo. Hector Barbera made the leap into ninth on the Avintia Ducati, just nudging Valentino Rossi into tenth. Rossi had some worrying moments at the end of FP2, as he saw rider after rider sneak ahead of him, but he held on to tenth, and automatic passage into Q2.