For Gerloff, who was in the fight for the podium here last season, Friday began with just a few dry laps at the end of Free Practice 1, with overnight rain soaking the track. He ended the morning session in ninth but made a step forward in the afternoon, and was seventh at the end of the day, less than half a second away from the fastest time.
On the other side of the garage, Nozane had been 19th fastest in FP1, and was one of the few riders to run in the wet conditions and on the dry track by the end of the session. When Magny-Cours was completely dry in FP2, though, the Japanese could only manage 20th, with a crash late in the session hindering his final result.
For Friday’s combined times, click here.