Gregory Havret moved into sole lead of the Trophee Hassan II, having carded a second 70 of the tournament in topsy-turvy fashion.
The Frenchman was one of four players to go three under on day one of the tournament in Morocco and a repeat dose was enough for Havret to pull a shot clear of Lucas Bjerregaard and Trevor Fisher Jr.
It could have been better for three-time winner on the European Tour as he went five-under through 12 holes, but three bogeys - checked slightly by a fourth birdie of his round - kept the chasing pack in touch.
"It's always a bit of a shame to finish like this - bogey, bogey. It's obviously not the best but the rest was pretty good," he said.
"This course is tough so you can't avoid mistakes all day long.
"So far, so good. I'm quite happy with the way it's been. I know more than anybody probably that the road is still long.
"But I'm obviously very happy, I'm playing well, I love this course, I love this place and I'm loving this country. And I feel good."
No one managed to break the 70-barrier on Thursday, but players fared better on Friday and Benjamin Hebert and Tom Lewis went five under to move into a tie for seventh on three under for the tournament.
James Morrison, Paul Dunne and Gregory Bourdy sit two shots off Havret, while defending champion Wang Jeung-hun missed the cut after going four over on Thursday.