Miller Makes his Mark on Friday at Le Mans


Jack Miller - Photo Credit: EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Jack Miller demonstrated his skill in mixed conditions once again by topping the timesheets on Friday ahead of the French Grand Prix at Le Mans. The Australian put in a late burst on slick tyres in the closing minutes of FP1 to set the fastest time of the day, over a second clear of reigning champion Marc Marquez and home favourite Johann Zarco.

The weather dominated much of the day with the Bugatti circuit left sodden by overnight rain and it wasn’t until the final fifteen minutes of first practice that anybody braved it on slick tyres. By this point, Pol Espargaro had already tumbled at Garage Vert but once the dry rubber had been fitted, it was the lap times that started tumbling.

Miller was comfortably the class of the field in these conditions, consistently lowering his own benchmark time before closing on a 1:37.467, three seconds faster than anybody else at the time. Marquez ventured back out in the dying moments, eventually closing the gap to 1.288s, while Zarco delighted the home supporters with the third fastest time.

Cal Crutchlow was fourth ahead of Loris Baz and Karel Abraham while Bradley Smith leapt up to seventh on the KTM after a late dash on slicks. The Movistar Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales also made the top ten along with Alvaro Bautista but with lap times several seconds off the pace in a rain-hit FP2, tomorrow morning’s session is likely to set the field for Q1.

 

2017 HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France: Friday Practice

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
143. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:37.467FP1
293. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:38.755FP1
35. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:39.248FP1
435. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:39.607FP1
576. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:40.427FP1
617. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team1:40.528FP1
738. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:40.817FP1
846. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:40.894FP1
919. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team1:41.024FP1
1025. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:41.307FP1
1129. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:41.562FP1
1294. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:41.644FP1
134. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:41.673FP2
1426. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:41.854FP1
159. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:41.887FP1
1645. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:41.925FP2
1799. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:41.947FP1
1853. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:42.094FP1
1922. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:42.243FP1
2050. Sylvain GuintoliSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:42.891FP1
218. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:42.953FP1
2241. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:43.114FP1
2344. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:43.519FP1