Randy de Puniet said he is feeling confident of his chances in his home grand prix after continuing his impressive form in free practice at Le Mans.
The LCR Honda rider took a very strong fourth place in Spain two weeks ago, and was among the leaders throughout today's session, ending the hour in third having topped the time sheets on several occasions.
He said the bike had performed well from the outset and was running in virtually the same specification as it had at Jerez.
"It was a very short session but I feel confident as my first run out was pretty good," said de Puniet. "The machine was set up as we raced in Jerez with some little adjustments."
The Frenchman decided to stay out while many others pitted as the rain came, and was pleased to get some mileage on the wet track.
"This is Le Mans' typical weather so I am not surprised about that," said de Puniet. "Considering the weather was changing rapidly I stayed outside as long as possible but, at 20 minutes to go, the rain became heavier and I stopped my daily to-do list. We will try some engine mapping in tomorrow's session and keep our fingers crossed for the weather conditions."