Vinales fastest in Le Mans MotoGP practice

Le Mans (France) (AFP) –


Spaniard Maverick Vinales compiled the best time in practice for the French MotoGP in Le Mans on Friday ahead of compatriot Marc Marquez and young French star Fabio Quartararo.

In the morning's opening session, Quartararo, on a Yamaha, recorded the fastest time and was the only rider to lap under 1 minute and 32 seconds.

In the afternoon, as the weather grew overcast the laps grew quicker and Vinales, on a factory Yamaha, and championship leader Marquez on a Honda beat the young Frenchman's earlier time.

The crash by the other Honda rider Jorge Lorenzo added to evidence that the bikes are a little unstable this year.

Alex Rinsl, one point behind Marquez in the standings, was only 16th on his Suzuki while Valentino Rossi, who is fourth was 14th after snapping the chain on his Yamaha in the opening session.

The third free practice is at 1230 GMT on Saturday with qualifying starting at 1600.

Combined times after Friday's two free practice sessions:

1. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 1min 31.428sec, 2. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) at 0.190, 3. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha-SRT) 0.285, 4. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Honda) 0.288, 5. Andrea Doviziosio (ITA/Ducati) 0.308, 6. Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ducati) 0.471, 7. Pol Espargaro (ESP/KTM) 0.495, 8. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Aprilia) 0.704, 9. Takaaki Nagakami (JAP/Honda-LCR) 0.775, 10. Jack Miller (AUS/Ducati-Pramac) 0.810