Did a ‘useless’ Friday reveal the mindset of a MotoGP title contender?

Formula 1 fans were left disappointed on Friday after low-hanging cloud meant practice for the Eifel Grand Prix at Nurburgring had to be scrapped. Over at Le Mans, MotoGP fans were a bit happier as dreary weather didn’t put a halt to proceedings.

The French Grand Prix marks the ninth round of the 2020 campaign and is the start of the unstoppable train towards the end of the season – with six races packed into the next seven weeks set to decide this year’s world champion.

The day began with the Aprilia of Bradley Smith topping proceedings in the fully wet session, while Jack Miller on the Pramac Ducati headed Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales on slick tyres in the tricky afternoon outing. Unlike in every Friday session this year, there wasn’t any long runs or race simulations owing to the ever-evolving drying track, while a spate of crashes in the afternoon curtailed some riders’ plans.

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