The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team were quick to adapt to the cold and mixed conditions at the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit as they used today‘s free practice sessions to prepare for Sunday's Grand Prix de France. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi continued the positive momentum gained in FP1 in this afternoon‘s FP2, but with mixed outcomes. Viñales‘ final push earned him 2nd place in the combined timesheets. Rossi was set to take fifth place in the rankings, but his best lap was later cancelled under the 2020 yellow flag rule, dropping him back to 12th position.
Already thinking ahead to tomorrow‘s qualifying, Viñales wanted to optimise his chances for a place in Q2 and aimed to make full use of the drier FP2 after this morning‘s wet FP1. He was determined to obtain a top-10 result, especially since the temperature in FP3 is expected to be colder. The Spaniard spent most of the session tweaking his bike‘s settings to make them suit the mixed track conditions before putting them to the test in the final stages. He wrapped up his outing with a 1‘34.500s, set on lap 15/15. The time earned him second place in both the FP2 and the combined free practice rankings, 0.144s from first.
Rossi started FP2 on slick tyres, but he soon had to return to the box as the track wasn‘t quite dry enough. He then completed a few laps on wet tyres waiting for the right moment to return to the slicks. Meanwhile, he continued to perfect the set-up of his YZR-M1, all the while featuring inside the top 10. In the last minutes of the session he gave an extra push. His best time of 1'35.012s, set on lap 22/22, originally put him in fifth place. However, the lap was later cancelled due to the 2020 yellow flag rule. His next best time, a 1‘35.767s, put him in 12th place in the FP2 and combined timesheets, 1.411s off today‘s fastest time.