The premier class took their final opportunity to settle the fight for the precious top 10 heading straight to Q2 and lessons were learned from the busy gravel traps on Friday, so time attack action kicked off quite early on. However, drama was successfully avoided and the fight went all the way to the chequered flag.
Le Mans, France
A still sunny Le Mans welcomed lightweight class riders to the final practice push and after showing off their race pace, the stars of Friday were back to challenge for top spot once more. Dennis Foggia and Izan Guevara traded the lead in the final few minutes of FP3 and although the Italian came out on top on his last FP3 lap, it was the benchmark he set on Friday that kept him at the top of the combined standings.
It's only Friday, as riders will repeat endlessly to you on, well, on a Friday after the first day of practice. Friday is a day for assessing tires, testing new parts, and at the end of the day, posting a quick lap in an attempt to avoid the limbo of Q1.
That proved not to be easy at Le Mans. A weird combination of circumstances (more of which later) meant that there were five crashes in the last ten minutes of FP2. It was almost impossible to put in a quick lap without it being canceled due to yellow flags in some sector or other. "In the time attack, it was a bit of a disaster on track, I just saw 4 laps of yellow flags," Pecco Bagnaia complained. "And like this it's more difficult, so I didn't have the possibility to do a free lap."
That didn't matter for Bagnaia – he set his fastest time at the end of his first run while working on race pace, and still ended as fifth fastest, a sign of just how quick he is at the moment - but there were others for whom it did not work out quite so well. "It was unfortunate not to be inside the top 10," Jack Miller said after missing out on Q2. "We were trying, but a lot of yellow flags at the end, a lot of guys crashing, so it wasn't easy to make a lap."
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoE cup at Le Mans: