In a second session which saw many drivers go ashore (Mir, Bezzecchi, Marini…), Enea Bastianini managed to hold on to her wheels to take first place in practice 2 of the Grand Prix de France, this Friday afternoon at Le Mans. The Italian driver from Gresini was not on his plate during the morning (12th), but he ended up in a cannonball to complete a lap in 1’31”148.
For four hundredths, Bastianini at the same time seized the track record which belonged to Johann Zarco. And to keep with the theme of the day, it then dropped seconds later.
Miller 11th, Marquez 15th
After improving his time in practice 1, Fabio Quartararo remained at the forefront for a long time, but he did not manage to go further at the end of the session. The world champion has dropped to 6th place, 0”492 from Bastianini, leaving the place of first Frenchman to Johann Zarco.
The Pramac driver finished 4th (at 0”360), recovering without problems from his exit from the road in the chicane which led him to go straight into the gravel. In front of him, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia, 0”202) and Alex Rins (Suzuki, 0”297) finished in 2nd and 3rd position.
Johann Zarco finished 4th. (S.Mantey/L’Equipe)
For the moment, Jack Miller (11th), winner of the French GP last year, and Marc Marquez (15th) are not qualified for Saturday’s Q2.