The reigning MotoGP World Champion led the way into the second corner and, except for three laps in which Jack Miller occupied the lead, was out on his own for the rest of the race . From Lap 7 he extended his advantage, which reached over 4 seconds.
His victory equals teammate Jorge Lorenzo’s 47 in MotoGP, and gives Honda a 300th win in the premier class.
Lorenzo dropped a place at the start and, despite regaining it on the opening lap, he gradually dropped back to take the chequered flag eleventh.
French GP 2019 - Rider statements
Of course here in Le Mans it’s always difficult with the temperature and the weather, especially today. I think this is the first time I have had a race where I had the soft tyre in the front but it was the safest option.
I was focused on being consistent until I saw the gap increasing, I pushed a little bit more and into the low 32s until I saw I had two seconds. I’m happy with today’s result and it is fantastic to be able to take Honda’s 300th premier class win!
11th place is not where we want to be but I saw progress. This makes me happy and gives me even more enthusiasm for the next races. It was the first weekend I finished a day in the top five, qualified in the top eight and you know, apart from Qatar where it was a slow race, this is the race where I finished closest to the winner.
We’re learning more each weekend and race, it is just a matter of time. Thanks to the Repsol Honda Team for continuing to work hard and congratulations to Honda for 300 wins.