Pedrosa quickest at Le Mans

Dani Pedrosa got his Le Mans weekend underway with a P1 in Friday’s opening practice, a session in which the top 14 riders were separated by just a second.

On a sunny morning at the Le Mans circuit, Andrea Dovizioso led the early running with a 1:36.181.

Ten minutes later he was down in third place, 0.123s off the pace, as Pol Espargaro hit the front on his Suzukia with a 1:35.054.

Marc Marquez slotted into second place while his championship rivals, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, were fourth and fifth quickest.

Yonny Hernandes was the first rider to crash out as he went down at Turn 8. The rider was okay.

Back at the front, Andrea Iannone slotted into P1 but it was short-lived as Lorenzo went quickest with a 1:34.398 while Rossi jumped up into second to make it a Yamaha 1-2.

A late burst from Dani Pedrosa had the Honda rider finishing the session P1 with a 1:34.042.

Lorenzo was second, 0.044s off the pace, while Marquez was another to improve in the final minutes. He was 0.289s slower than his team-mate.

Dovizioso rallied to finish fourth ahead of Rossi and Iannone while Espargaro and Mavrick Vinales completed the top eight.

Avintia Racing’s Loris Baz was an impressive P9, 0.685s off the pace, despite a late crash at Turn 8.

1 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1’34.042
2 Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’34.086 0.044
3 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 1’34.323 0.281
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 1’34.343 0.301
5 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’34.452 0.410
6 Andrea IANNONE Ducati Team 1’34.489 0.447
7 Pol ESPARGARO    Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’34.597 0.555
8 Maverick VIÑALES Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’34.632 0.590
9 Loris BAZ Avintia Racing 1’34.727 0.685
10 Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda 1’34.732 0.690
11 Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’34.757 0.715
12 Aleix ESPARGARO Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’34.799 0.757
13 Hector BARBERA Avintia Racing 1’34.816 0.774
14 Scott REDDING OCTO Pramac Yakhnich 1’34.984 0.942
15 Danilo PETRUCCI OCTO Pramac Yakhnich 1’35.308 1.266
16 Yonny HERNANDEZ Aspar Team MotoGP 1’35.355 1.313
17 Stefan BRADL Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’35.381 1.339
18 Jack MILLER Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’35.465 1.423
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’35.798 1.756
20 Tito RABAT Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’36.283 2.241
21 Eugene LAVERTY Aspar Team MotoGP 1’36.472 2.430