The weekend of the Grand Prix de France starts with very positive indications for Alma Pramac Racing. Jack Miller is in great shape and finishes the first day of free practice in sixth place. Danilo Petrucci also had a good feeling but a crash before the FP2’s time attack didn’t allow him to take the Top 10.
The Australian rider has been fast since the first run of the FP1s, finishing 23 thousandths off the Top 10 without using soft tires. The pace was also positive in the FP2 and in the time attack Jack made the most of the soft tire, taking P6, 3 tenths of a second from Andrea Dovizioso’s best time.
After his convincing fourth place at Jerez, Petrux confirmed his confidence and since the FP1 his pace has been very interesting. The rider from Terni was also strong in FP2 but a crash 10 minutes before the end of the session forced him to change his bike. In the time attack, Petrux pushed hard but couldn’t recreate the ideal conditions to get the Top 10, finishing anyway less than a tenth of a second from the hypothetical direct qualification to Q2.
P13 Danilo Petrucci – 1’32.647
“I am satisfied because the feeling is positive. Unfortunately, the FP2 crash ruined our plans. I couldn’t get the front tire up to temperature and the crash was a bit strange. We are still very close to the Top 10 and I think that tomorrow we will have all the potential to access Q2 directly”.
P6 Jack Miller – 1’32.302
“Lap by lap I found a good rhythm. This morning I had a bit of bad luck with a crash without any particular consequences but that delayed a bit our work. However, I am extremely satisfied with what we have done. In the afternoon the pace was excellent. Tomorrow we will have to improve to be in the Top 10”.