MotoGP Le Mans: Vinales tops soaked FP3 - Bikesport News

MotoGP Le Mans: Vinales tops soaked FP3

Friday fast man Maverick Vinales topped a wet MotoGP FP3 session in which nobody improved on their Friday times at the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

Overnight rain and heavy clouds hanging around meant that nobody had a realistic chance of improving on their Friday times, however, with this afternoons qualifying session expected to be wet, it did allow riders a chance to test their 2019 bikes out in the proper wet conditions for the first time.

Earlier in the session saw the usual suspects such as Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci finding themselves up the sharp end of the field, with the Australian notably doing his best work on the medium wet tyres, possibly saving his soft wet Michelins for qualifying.

However, it was Maverick Vinales who was fastest overall on his Monster Energy factory Yamaha who posted the fastest time of the session, a 1:42.498, eleven seconds behind his time in the dry. It will encourage the Spaniard who has historically struggled in the wet conditions.

Marc Marquez was second fastest on his factory Honda in another quite session for the World Championship leader, who ended a quarter of a second ahead of Miller.

Alex Rins and was fourth fastest and will be hoping to use the information gathered in FP3 to help him when he has to go into Q1 this afternoon. Hometown hero Johann Zarco was fifth fastest and much like Rins will be hoping that he can use the information gathered to help him into Q2.

Petrucci was sixth ahead of Jorge Lorenzo who will’ve woken up and wondered how many mirrors he’s broken after seeing the wet conditions, with Pol Espargaro in eighth. Veteran Italian duo Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi rounded out the top ten.

Joan Mir was eleventh after a second crash on the weekend, just ahead of Miguel Oliveira and Fabio Quartararo. Karel Abraham was fourteenth ahead of Cal Crutchlow.

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