Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo had stunning form on the opening day at Le Mans, being the only rider to set a lap time in the 1.32 bracket ahead of Andrea Iannone and Marc Marquez.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa set the benchmark this morning with a lap time of 1.34.042 but times were set to drop for the afternoon session with the sun shining down on the Bugatti circuit.
Lorenzo was first out of the box in free practise two and quickly set the benchmark, getting times into the 1.33’s in the opening ten minutes. Starting the session on the soft Michelin tyres the Spaniard clearly has the pace to fight at a circuit in which he’s won four times at before.
Maverick Vinales, Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone didn’t let their uncertain futures hinder their pace today as the riders kept hunting down the flying front-man Lorenzo but were unable to get close to the times.
In the closing seconds Iannone shot up into second position and brought the gap down to under half a second aboard his factory Ducati, pushing down Marquez into third. Pol Espargaro finished the session in fourth position, ahead of Dovizoso and his brother Aleix, who finished the session in sixth, 0.765s off.
Cal Crutchlow, Loris Baz and Scott Redding were the three crashers of the afternoon but were all three able to get up and walk away unhurt.
Lorenzo continued to light up the top of the timing screens and set a stunning time under the lap record of 1.32.830, proving he is the man to beat yet again this season.
Vinales is unable to convert his fast pace in sector one to a high time, however he finished the day in sixth position, ahead of potential team-mate for 2017, Valentino Rossi who took tenth position at the flag.
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