The forecast in Le Mans likes to give us a scare every now and again but the predicted clouds were nowhere to be seen by the time the first session of the weekend got off to a start. Under sunny blue skies, Enea Bastianini led most of a pretty close session until Jorge Martin picked up the lead in final five minutes. The Spaniard was only a tenth of a second off until that point and went on to sneak ahead of Jakub Kornfeil by a tenth and a half.
Andrea Migno had an encouraging start to his weekend, the Italian making a late jump into third position but nearly four tenths back on the leader. Compatriot Tony Arbolino followed closely while early leader Bastianini did improve but only good enough for fifth. Championship leader Marco Bezzecchi was only a hundredth of a second behind the Leopard man in sixth.
With a looming grid penalty for his mischiefs on Spanish soil, John McPhee had a solid start in seventh position. Jerez victor Philipp Oettl stayed fast in eighth place and was the final man within half a second of Martin. Gabriel Rodrigo and Tatsuki Suzuki completed the top ten, with Makar Yurchenko close behind.
Despite being in the top three for most of FP1, Aron Canet failed to improve during the final time attack and dropped back to 15th. Fabio Di Giannantonio was another early leader but the Italian took a tumble only ten minutes into the session and the damage to the bike meant he was unable to rejoin and dropped down to 23rd position.
|13||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||1'43.725||0.611||0.002|
|23||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'44.296||1.182||0.006|