Miller tops damp first practice session
19 May 2017 – Marc VDS rider Jack Miller topped an initially damp first practice session for the French Grand Prix, which dried up enough for some late slick running.
Overnight rainfall ensured a largely wet start to Friday's first session at Le Mans, but conditions gradually improved, and the track surface dried.
As riders switched to slick tyres in the final 10 minutes, Miller vaulted to the front with a time of 1:37.467, over a second quicker than anyone else.
Marc Márquez finished closest to Miller, the Honda rider 1.2 seconds behind, with Johann Zarco, fresh from extending his Tech 3 contract, half a second further back in third.
LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow was the final rider under the 1m40s mark, followed by Avintia's Loris Baz and Aspar's Karel Abraham.
Bradley Smith put his KTM inside the top 10, a rare sight so far this season, with Valentino Rossi, one of the first to switch to slicks, rising from 20th to eighth late on.
Álvaro Bautista (Aspar) remained ninth on wet rubber, as Maverick Viñales rounded out the top 10 positions on the other works Yamaha.
Dani Pedrosa (13th), Andrea Dovizioso (14th) and Jorge Lorenzo (16th) all made quiet starts to the weekend amid the slippery conditions.
Friday's second practice session at Le Mans will begin at 14:05 local time