French GP: Zarco tops FP2 in Le Mans for Pramac

Johann Zarco has ended Friday’s running of the French GP on top of the leaderboard, in an incident filled FP2 in Le Mans.

Unlike FP1, the session was held in dry conditions after the track continued to dry out through the morning.

This gave the riders a chance to set faster laps and put their name in the ring to go straight through to Q2, and with conditions set to be wet again tomorrow, this was crucial.

The first incident of the session came just eight minutes in after Aleix Espargaro dropped his Aprilia at Turn 3, the Spaniard crashed at the same corner again later in the session.

Pecco Bagnaia found himself in the gravel at Turn 3 with 12 minutes gone in the session, then it was Fabio Quartararo’s turn at the same corner with just over 20 minutes remaining.

Jack Miller crashed at Turn 7 just over a minute after Quartararo.

The two Suzuki’s fell down in the final five minutes, Alex Rins at Turn 3 and Joan Mir at Turn 8.

Zarco set a 1m31.747s lap late in the session to go fastest ahead of his French compatriot Quartararo.

Maverick Vinales ended off FP2 in third, bringing a solid session for the Yamaha’s to a close.

Pol Espargaro continued his strong pace set in FP1 to go fourth ahead of Franco Morbidelli and Miguel Oliveira.

Miller will settle for seventh after topping FP1 earlier today, the Ducati rider finished ahead of Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi.

Taka Nakagami ended FP2 in tenth place, a strong session for the Honda-powered bikes.

It looks like it could be a tough weekend of the French GP for the Suzuki’s, with Rins finishing in 11th ahead of Pecco Bagnaia and his teammate Mir.

After crashing at Turn 3 twice, Espargaro looked very frustrated during FP2, the Aprilia rider sat in 14th at the end of the session ahead of Iker Lecuona and Brad Binder.

Alex Marquez ended the day in 17th, with Tito Rabat and Enea Bastianini in 18th and 19th.

Lorenzo Savadori, Luca Marini and Danilo Petrucci round off the leaderboard in 20th, 21st and 22nd.