French MotoGP FP Results | Bastianini sets Le Mans record on crash-strewn Friday

Enea Bastianini sets a new lap record of the Le Mans Bugatti circuit in Friday practice amid multiple crashes ahead of the French MotoGP

Enea Bastianini - Gresini Ducati

Enea Bastianini bounced back to the top of the timesheets with record-breaking pace during Friday free practice for the French MotoGP, despite being one of many to suffer a tumble on an error-strewn day at Le Mans.

The only rider to win more than one race so far this season, the Gresini Ducati rider put the disappointment of his DNF last time out at Jerez behind him to put in a series of quick laps towards the end of the FP2 session.

After having two quick laps cancelled due to track limits, Bastianini hooked it up at his third attempt to stop the clock with a 1m 31.148s, putting him under the lap record and more than two tenths up on second place man Aleix Espargaro.

Even so, Bastianini was one of multiple riders to come down in FP2 alone as the French circuit - notorious for prompting incident with its mid-corner camber shifts - lived up to its infamous reputation, the Italian slipping off at Turn 3 just seconds after setting his time.

He wasn’t alone though with Joan Mir and Jack Miller coming down early on, before Marco Bezzecchi, Luca Marini, Franco Morbidelli and Alex Marquez all tipped off in the final minutes. This came after Bastianini and Morbidelli suffered earlier falls in FP1, along with Miguel Oliveira, Raul Fernandez and Brad Binder.

Behind Espargaro in second on the Aprilia, Alex Rins got his head down amid heavy media scrutiny of his Suzuki team in third place, ahead of Johann Zarco, who survived a dramatic moment mid-way through the session with a high-speed run-on at Turn 2 that briefly had his Pramac Ducati airborne with both wheels off the ground.

Jerez sparring partners Pecco Bagnaia and championship leader Fabio Quartararo were fifth and sixth fastest, with Binder bouncing back from a difficult start to the day to go seventh on the KTM. Joan Mir held onto eighth despite crashing heavily at Turn 7, ahead of FP1 pace setter Pol Espargaro and Jorge Martin in the final provisional Q2 spot in tenth.

Riders with work to do heading into FP3, meanwhile, include Jack Miller in 11th and Marc Marquez in 15th.

2022 French MotoGP | Le Mans | FP1 + FP2 Results [Combined]

2022 French MotoGP | Le Mans | FP1 + FP2 Results [Combined] | Round 7 / 21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Enea BastianiniITAGresini RacingDucati GP211m 31.148
2Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP1m 31.350
3Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 31.445
4Johann ZarcoFRAPramac RacingDucati GP221m 31.508
5Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP221m 31.635
6Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 31.640
7Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM RacingKTM RC161m 31.657
8Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 31.666
9Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 31.771
10Jorge MartinESPPramac RacingDucati GP221m 31.912
11Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP221m 31.914
12Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 32.025
13Maverick VinalesESPAprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP1m 32.051
14Luca MariniITAVR46 RacingDucati GP211m 32.128
15Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 32.153
16Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda Honda RC213V1m 32.165
17Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini RacingDucati GP211m 32.275
18Marco BezzecchiITAVR46 RacingDucati GP211m 32.314
19Alex MarquezESPLCR Honda Honda RC213V1m 32.505
20Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU RNF Racing YamahaYamaha YZF-M11m 32.536
21Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM RacingKTM RC161m 32.695
22Remy GardnerAUSTech3 KTM RacingKTM RC161m 32.737
23Raul FernandezESPTech3 KTM RacingKTM RC161m 33.557
24Darryn BinderRSAWithU RNF Racing YamahaYamaha YZF-M11m 33.561