French GP: Miller tops tricky FP1 in damp conditions

Jack Miller has continued where he left off two weeks ago, topping the timesheets in a tricky FP1 of the French GP in Le Mans.

The riders were greeted with damp and cold conditions in France, with these conditions expected to continue throughout the weekend.

With the weather not set to improve, all riders were out on track as soon as the green flag was waved for FP1 in order to get used to the cold and wet track.

Joan Mir seemed to have an issue with his Suzuki just short of 15 minutes into the session, the Spaniard rolled off the track at Turn 8 as his bike switched off.

A small handful of riders switched from the wet tyres to slicks with ten minutes remaining as the track looked to be drying out, Miller being one of those riders.

Another of the riders to switch to slicks, Alex Marquez, found himself in the gravel at Turn 3 with seven minutes to go.

Just a couple of minutes later Maverick Vinales dropped his Yamaha at Turn 4 after leaving the pit-lane.

Miller’s brief stint on the slick tyres allowed the Australian to go fastest in the session with a 1m38.007s lap.

Johann Zarco will look to get his first MotoGP victory as he heads into his home race, the Frenchman finished 1.5s behind Miller on the wet tyres with Mir in third place.

It was a good session for the Honda riders, as Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez finished in fourth and fifth.

Lorenzo Savadori got off to a good start at Le Mans, finishing sixth in FP1 ahead of championship leader Pecco Bagnaia.

KTM need a strong weekend in the French GP, Miguel Oliveira starts off his weekend in eighth, 0.097s ahead of Alex Rins, with Aleix Espargaro rounding off the top-ten.

Marquez put his LCR Honda in 11th ahead of Vinales and Franco Morbidelli.

Valentino Rossi crossed the line with a time that put him in 14th, with Taka Nakagami and Fabio Quartararo in 15th and 16th.

A trio of KTM bikes were next on the leaderboard, with Brad Binder finishing ahead of the two Tech3’s of Iker Lecuona and Danilo Petrucci in 17th, 18th and 19th.

Luca Marini finished in 20th ahead of Tito Rabat, who continues to step in for the injured Jorge Martin.

Enea Bastianini ended FP1 of the French GP in 22nd.