Dani Pedrosa sets the pace in practice for the French MotoGP at Le Mans.
Dani Pedrosa set the pace in practice for the French MotoGP at Le Mans.
Last Updated: 17/05/13 7:40pm
With rain forecast for most of the weekend in northern France, the riders made the most of dry conditions on Friday at the historic track.
Pedrosa edged out team-mate Marc Marquez by a tenth of a second, posting 1'34.035.
Pedrosa was fastest in the morning's first practice, ahead of defending champion Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.
Rossi ended a decent opening day in third, with the top nine men split by just over 0.7 seconds.
The top four were split by only 0.166 seconds, with Stefan Bradl in fifth and British star Cal Crutchlow sixth.
Crutchlow set a best time of 1.34.512 to finish just 0.477s behind Pedrosa.
Pedrosa told motogp.com: "We had a chance to run in the dry, so it was important to get some information and try the tyres as well.
"We were lucky today to get some sun, so the track temperature was not so bad and we could do some laps to see how the bike was. I think it was important to take profit of the conditions.
"I hope the bike is also working well in wet conditions; we have experience here from last year but will still need to go out and check how the grip levels are."
Marquez, who leads the title race, said: "Today was so good. In the beginning I was struggling a little bit because this track is so small - and with MotoGP it was even smaller!
"We tried to find the best setup and I felt so good this afternoon, especially. For tomorrow it looks like the forecast will be rain and then 50/50 for Sunday, so we will try to do our best and continue like this."