Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati) achieved victory at the French GP, the 1,000th round in the history of the Motorcycle World Championship. Jorge Martín (Ducati) and Johann Zarco (Ducati) rounded off the podium at the Le Mans Circuit.
The race involved several incidents on the opening laps. After the early stages in which there was a group of up to 7 riders lapping within a second of each other, collisions for Viñales and Bagnaia and Álex Márquez and Marini reduced the field.
Augusto Fernández (KTM), Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia), Brad Binder (KTM), Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), Fabio Di Giannantonio (Ducati), Takaaki Nakagami (Honda) and Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha) completed the Top 10 at Le Mans.
With this result, Bezzecchi regains second in the overall standings and closes the gap to Bagnaia to a single point.
Cruel luck for Repsol Honda Team
Marc Márquez, who finished fifth in the sprint race, made a remarkable performance after riding in the podium spots throughout the race. Unfortunately, he suffered a crash on the penultimate lap that forced him to retire.
Joan Mir was also unable to complete the race after crashing at Turn 8 on Lap 13.
The MotoGP World Championship now takes a break, with the next stop on the calendar the Italian GP at Mugello from June 9-11th.
French GP: Race Results (27 laps)
|1. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||41:37.970|
|2. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||+4.256|
|3. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||+4.795|
|4. Augusto Fernández||GASGAS||+6.281|
|5. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||+6.726|
|6. Brad Binder||KTM||+13.638|
|7. Fabio Quartararo||YAMAHA||+15.023|
|8. Fabio Di Giannantonio||DUCATI||+15.826|
|9. Takaaki Nakagami||HONDA||+16.370|
|10. Franco Morbidelli||YAMAHA||+17.828|
|Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||DNF|
|Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||DNF|
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||94|
|2. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||93|
|3. Brad Binder||KTM||81|
|4. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||80|
|5. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||66|
|6. Luca Marini||DUCATI||54|
|7. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||49|
|8. Jack Miller||KTM||49|
|9. Fabio Quartararo||YAMAHA||49|
|10. Álex Rins||HONDA||47|
|19. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||12|
|21. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||5|
“I am really happy with the race today; I was able to ride like I rode a long time ago and I was really able to enjoy being on the bike. Unfortunately, the final result is not what we wanted, but I spent the whole race fighting and pushing the limit. We have had a really busy weekend doing a lot of work and a podium would have been a great reward, especially for my team who have continued to work at their maximum. We still need to find a bit more to fight like this every weekend. In terms of the crash, I fell at Turn 7 but it started at Turn 6 when I had a lot of shaking and I didn’t arrive with the perfect line. I think we had a real MotoGP race today; it was a great show for all the fans who came here this weekend.”
“I made a really good start to the race and I was able to ride comfortably in the opening laps. When you are battling with the top ten and in a big group, there’s a really big slipstream effect and it becomes harder to stop the bike. I stood the bike up to avoid hitting Aleix and this is where the mistake came from and I lost the group. Then I tried some different things with the bike and I unfortunately fell. But I was able to ride in low 32s, this is really important and the thing that we have to focus on. We take these positives, study everything well and prepare for the next race.”