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A cool rainy Le Mans made for a gloomy welcome to France for the lightweight class and the result was a handful of early crashes, with turn 3 getting most of the action. As rain paused and riders settled with the conditions halfway through proceedings, the action moved from the gravel trap to the timing screens, although the final few minutes brought back the rain and inevitably the tumbles. Throughout all those shenanigans, there was one man constantly in control of the timesheets, Andrea Migno posting the only 1:54 time of the morning after leading FP1 intermittently. However, his top time got cancelled after the checkered flag, demoting him to second and promoting John McPhee to top spot, with title rival Albert Arenas keeping close in third.

Filip Salac in fourth was six tenths slower than the leader, while Raul Fernandez failed to improve on fifth after a late crash at turn 11. Compatriots Jaume Masia and Sergio Garcia came next, with the Estrella Galicia rider another of the late crashers, as was Stefano Nepa in eighth position. Yuki Kunii and Kaito Toba completed the top ten, one and a half seconds slower than the leader.

Similarly to the likes of Celestino Vietti and Gabriel Rodrigo, championship leader Ai Ogura suffered a late tumble of his own, which dropped him to 15th on the timesheets. Compatriot Tatsuki Suzuki was back in action following injury but opted not to join the proceedings in the tricky conditions.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 17 John McPhee Honda 1’55.217    
2 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1’55.432 0.215 0.215
3 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1’55.589 0.372 0.157
4 12 Filip Salac Honda 1’55.845 0.628 0.256
5 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1’56.349 1.132 0.504
6 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1’56.477 1.260 0.128
7 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1’56.489 1.272 0.012
8 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1’56.690 1.473 0.201
9 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1’56.757 1.540 0.067
10 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1’56.820 1.603 0.063
11 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1’56.902 1.685 0.082
12 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1’57.162 1.945 0.260
13 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1’57.169 1.952 0.007
14 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1’57.334 2.117 0.165
15 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1’57.443 2.226 0.109
16 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1’57.554 2.337 0.111
17 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1’57.559 2.342 0.005
18 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1’57.576 2.359 0.017
19 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1’57.673 2.456 0.097
20 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1’57.888 2.671 0.215
21 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1’57.905 2.688 0.017
22 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1’57.940 2.723 0.035
23 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1’57.967 2.750 0.027
24 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1’58.001 2.784 0.034
25 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1’58.285 3.068 0.284
26 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1’59.047 3.830 0.762
27 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1’59.265 4.048 0.218
28 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1’59.496 4.279 0.231
29 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1’59.503 4.286 0.007
30 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1’59.519 4.302 0.016
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda      



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