MotoGp, surprise at Le Mans: an Aprilia in front of everyone in the first free practices



LE MANS – An Aprilia in front of everyone is good and surprising news for the Italian fans: Bradley Smith closes the first free practice session at Le Mans with the best time (1’43 ”804). On a wet and treacherous track, but with the need to make a good time anyway because in these parts with the weather you never know – fortunately forecasts speak of an improvement for Saturday morning, when the Fp3 will be scheduled – the English driver in the final of the Fp1 he got behind 4 Ducatis and then 3 Yamahas. A confirmation that the bikes from Noale, awaiting the appeal for Andrea Iannone expected in a few days, are making progress. In potential Q2 there are 4 Italians: Petrucci, a specialist in wet asphalt, is the best with the 3rd time at – 0 ”220.

Well, even without forcing too much, Dovizioso’s other official Gp20 (5th), then Morbidelli’s Petronas M1 which is 7th at 6 tenths, and Valentino Rossi is also in the top 10, 8th at 707 thousandths from Smith. A little further back Bagnaia (11th). Mysteriously slow the leader of the standings, Quartararo, 18th at 2 seconds and passes. Among the best are Zarco, 2nd with the Avintia Ducati and another wet champion, Miller, 5th on the Pramac Red. Mir also took it easy on the Suzuki (13th), which precedes Aleix Espargaro’s other Aprilia. Once again, the Hondas have not been received: the fastest is that of Lucio Cecchinello’s team, led by Crutchlow, for the Englishman only the 9th time.

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