2020 Le Mans MotoGP FP1 Result: Smith Sparks A Surprise

Wet weather tyres finally got some proper airtime in a soaked Le Mans and the conditions seemed to even out the field even more, with the lead changing hands on every other lap but unlike their lightweight class colleagues, there was no action whatsoever in the gravel trap. The timesheets were an unusual sight at the end of FP1, with Bradley Smith snatching the lead at the checkered flag, a tenth of a second faster than the Ducati invasion led by Johann Zarco. Another of the late leaders, Danilo Petrucci occupied third spot, ahead of colleagues Jack Miller and Andrea Dovizioso.

Maverick Vinales in sixth was the final rider to post a time within half a second of the lead, followed by Yamaha colleagues Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi. Despite still struggling with his recovery from surgery, Cal Cructhlow climbed into ninth as the top Honda machine, while early leader Pol Espargaro dropped to tenth in the closing stages of practice.

The likes of Pecco Bagnaia, Alex Rins and Joan Mir missed out on the top ten and finished one second slower than the leader. Championship leader Fabio Quartararo did not seem too keen to take risks in the wet and finished the session 18th, over two and a half seconds down on the leading Aprilia.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'43.804    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'43.958 0.154 0.154
3 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'44.024 0.220 0.066
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'44.132 0.328 0.108
5 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'44.148 0.344 0.016
6 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'44.180 0.376 0.032
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'44.441 0.637 0.261
8 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'44.511 0.707 0.070
9 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'44.654 0.850 0.143
10 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'44.760 0.956 0.106
11 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'44.783 0.979 0.023
12 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'44.846 1.042 0.063
13 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'44.980 1.176 0.134
14 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'44.981 1.177 0.001
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'46.122 2.318 1.141
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'46.245 2.441 0.123
17 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'46.474 2.670 0.229
18 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'46.494 2.690 0.020
19 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'46.518 2.714 0.024
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'46.618 2.814 0.100
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'46.856 3.052 0.238
  6 Stefan Bradl Honda      
Round Number: 
10
2020
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