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Jorge Lorenzo has dominated the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Le Mans, laying down a blistering pace and topping it off with a scorching lap to top the timesheets by nearly four tenths of a session. The Movistar Yamaha rider led for most of the session, only occasionally bested, and reasserting his claim at the end.
Andrea Iannone put on an impressive display for a man who dislocated his shoulder less than five days previously, briefly topping the session before being deposed by Jorge Lorenzo. Cal Crutchlow put the CWM LCR Honda into 3rd, sandwiching himself between the two factory Ducatis of Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso. Bradley Smith was one of only two riders in the top ten not to improve his time, the other being Valentino Rossi. Smith's time on Saturday morning was good enough for 5th, the same place in the top ten which his time from Friday afforded.
Enea Bastianini has topped the morning session for the Moto3 class, posting a fast lap towards the end of the session to take top spot in the very chilly conditions at Le Mans. Isaac Viñales put in a late charge to take 2nd on the Husqvarna, while Miguel Oliveira took 3rd. Danny Kent had a small crash at the end of the session, putting an end to his last throw at improving his time. Kent fared better than his teammate, Efren Vazquez, who had a big highside in the last moments of FP3.
Tito Rabat's control of the Moto2 class continues, the Marc VDS rider ending the second session of free practice for Moto2 on top of the timesheets, much as he did the first. Rabat once again focused on pushing for race pace, completing a full race simulation in FP2, and setting his fastest time on lap 24 of 27. Tom Luthi had led the session early, but was displaced by Rabat, and could not follow the Spaniard when Rabat turned up the pace. Luis Salom had a very strong FP2, ending in 3rd place, ahead of Johann Zarco and Sam Lowes, as well as his teammate Alex Rins.
Bradley Smith has put in a fast push at the end of FP2 to top the timesheets at the end of day one. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider pushed hard at the end of the afternoon session to knock Jorge Lorenzo from the top slot, then followed his fast lap with a small crash in the final double right hander, following Aleix Espargaro down who had crashed in front of him.
Lorenzo may have been demoted into 2nd, but the factory Yamaha rider displayed an incredible turn of pace, lapping consistently in the mid 1'33s throughout practice. Andrea Dovizioso, the man in 3rd, showed a similar pace, the Ducati GP15 clearly quick at Le Mans. Cal Crutchlow turned up the pace at the end to jump into 4th spot, edging ahead of Marc Marquez, while Valentino Rossi found some pace late on to move up to 6th, after spending much of the day languishing further down the order.
Dani Pedrosa had a much better session in the afternoon, getting into the top 3 at one point, before ending the session in 7th. Pedrosa could be seen shaking out his right forearm as he waited, his arm clearly not 100% recovered from surgery, but still good enough to lap at a strong pace. Pol Espargaro was the fastest of the two Espargaro brothers, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man ending ahead of his factory Suzuki brother, though both men ended in the gravel in separate incidents.
Danny Kent has finished the first day of practice at Le Mans at the head of the Moto3 session, the Englishman reclaiming the lead from Livio Loi at the end of the session. Where Kent had done most of his laps on his own, Loi made clever use of available tows, following first Jorge Navarro around, then briefly taking top spot in the wake of Fabio Quartararo. Quartararo ended the day in 3rd, a much better showing than in the morning, riding at Le Mans made good deal easier in the improved conditions of the afternoon.
Tito Rabat has topped the final session of the morning, heading up the Moto2 field in FP1. Rabat was clearly back in form after his strong outing at Jerez, pounding out a rhythm of very fast laps throughout the session. Tom Luthi ended the session in 2nd, despite a charge to try to depose Rabat at the end of practice. Home favorite Johann Zarco finished as 3rd fastest, after posting a very fast lap early in the session. Jonas Folger took 4th, finishing ahead of the two Speed Ups of Sam Lowes and Julian Simon.
Andrea Dovizioso has topped the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Le Mans. The Ducati rider was quick from the start of the session, among the group of riders swapping the lead throughout, before putting in a very quick lap at the end of the session to take a quarter of a second lead over 2nd place man Marc Marquez.
Marquez got off to a tricky start, twice suffering technical problems with his Honda RC213V. In the first half of practice, he was forced to park the bike up and then push it back the wrong way down pit lane to the Repsol Honda garage. Fortunately, he did so as directed by the marshals, thereby avoiding a penalty. Marquez was soon up to speed on his second bike, ending the session in 2nd. It was not apparent what the cause of the technical problems were, but the bike spent the rest of the session in the pits. With Marquez having already lost one engine, he cannot afford to suffer a problem with another. Jorge Lorenzo took 3rd spot, but more impressive than that was the strong string of fast laps he posted, continuing his form from Jerez.
Danny Kent has continued his domination of the Moto3 class, ending the first session of free practice over seven tenths fastest than the rest of the field, led by Romano Fenati. Fenati was also considerably quicker, half a second quicker than the man in 3rd, Niccolo Antonelli. Times were very slow, some 3.5 seconds slower than the lap record, as heavy overnight rain had left the track damp in places, and very slow to dry in the cool mornings.
Ducati is not testing at Jerez, having planned a private test at Mugello for 11th and 12th May.
Times at 1:30pm