No rider was able to lower in the afternoon session the time set by the Thai Somkiat Chantra (Kalex) in the morning as a new absolute record for the Le Mans circuit, in the first free practice session of the Moto2 French Grand Prix. Neither Chantra nor any of his rivals could with the 1.36.108 that the Thai achieved, although for a few moments the Spanish Augusto Fernández (Kalex), had achieved it, but his record was canceled and the Spanish had to settle for third place the first day, surpassed at the last moment by his compatriot and Moto3 world champion in 2021, Pedro Acosta (Kalex). Acosta finished 58 thousandths of a second behind Chamtra’s time, who could not lower his morning time, nor could Fernández or the Italian Stefano Manzi (Kalex).
The conditions of the track allowed the best times in the category to be lowered immediately and among the fastest were the British Sam Lowes (Kalex), who barely improved one position and then crashed, although he was able to return to his workshop on the bike, and also the Spaniard Arón Canet (Kalex), who finished twenty-second in the morning and was able to rise to thirteenth by going from 1:37.515 in the morning to his best evening time, 1:36.803. Canet, who suffered a fall in the morning when he was hit by the Italian Celestino Vietti (Kalex), in an action that the Race Direction investigated but that did not result in any type of sanction for the transalpine rider, left the Spaniard somewhat ‘touched’ by his injury to his right wrist, which It operated a few days before the Spanish Grand Prix at the Ángel Nieto circuit in Jerez de la Frontera. And he didn’t have much luck at the end of the session, because less than five minutes from the end Arón Canet crashed again when he was on the limit of the direct classification, fourteenth, which with some luck he was able to maintain, since which was not overtaken by any of its slower rivals.
Both the Thai Somkiat Chantra (Kalex) and the Spanish Augusto Fernández (Kalex), the first in the morning, choked on their morning records and had to go to rest without achieving their goal, although the former kept the lead and the second barely lost a position. Behind them, Sam Lowes and Tony Arbolino they were approaching little by little, as well as the Spaniards Pedro Acosta (Kalex) and Albert Arenas (Kalex), despite suffering a fall without consequences the second, to gain a position, from the seventh in the morning to the sixth, while the ‘Shark’ of Puerto de Mazarrón went from the ninth to the third position and finally to the second place. The second practice session grew in intensity as the minutes went by and that is how at the end of it many of the drivers jumped onto the track with new tires to try to scratch those tenths of a second off their personal records that would allow them to gain positions in the Timetable. although there were not many who achieved their goal. From Manzi, seventh, the British Jake Dixon (Kalex), the Japanese Ai Ogura (Kalex), the Spanish Albert Arenas, the Italian Celestino Vietti or the Belgian Barry Baltus (Kalex) achieved their goal of moving to the second classification, as well as the Spaniards Alonso López and Arón Canet, who closed that privileged group. Manuel ‘Manugas’ González (Kalex), sixteenth, did not achieve the objective, nor did Jorge Navarro (Kalex), Marcos Ramírez (MV AGusta) or Fermín Aldeguer (Boscoscuro), who may continue trying to achieve their objective in the third and final round of Saturday free practice