LE MANS, France – Fresh off his victory in the Spanish Grand Prix, Dani Pedrosa topped both Friday practice sessions on the Bugatti Circuit within Circuit de la Sarthe.
The Repsol Honda Team rider led teammate Marc Marquez and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi as less than three tenths of a second covered the top five riders.
Pedrosa led the pack in the second practice at 1:34.035 as the top eight riders of the afternoon beat the leading lap time set by Pedrosa in the morning.
Behind Marquez and Rossi, Yamaha’s world champion Jorge Lorenzo and LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl completed the top five.
Cal Crutchlow led the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 charge from sixth position as teammate Bradley Smith took a pair of almost identical trips through the Dunlop gravel trap across the opening couple of sessions.
There was a worse moment for Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone, who ended the day in 12th place after suffering an accident on the exit of Raccordement, the final corner of the lap.
On the Ignite Pramac Racing bike, Michele Pirro is standing in for the recovering Ben Spies, while Karel Abraham is back in action for Cardion AB Motoracing.