Jorge Martín (Ducati) achieved victory in the sprint race held at the French GP on Saturday. Brad Binder (KTM) and Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) completed the podium at Le Mans.
Luca Marini (Ducati), Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda), Johann Zarco (Ducati), Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati), Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) and Maverick Viñales (Aprilia) rounded off the points-earning places in the contest.
With this result, Bagnaia extends his lead to 23 points over Binder, who is now second in the overall standings.
The Grand Prix itself will take place on Sunday at 2pm (CEST).
Competitive race for Repsol Honda Team
Marc Márquez, who started from second on the grid, tussled for the podium with Pecco Bagnaia, but had to settle for finishing fifth.
Joan Mir crossed the finish line at Le Mans in 14th position. He will try again to climb positions in the race on Sunday.
Sprint Race Results: French GP (13 laps)
|1. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||19:59.037|
|2. Brad Binder||KTM||+1.840|
|3. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||+2.632|
|4. Luca Marini||DUCATI||+3.418|
|5. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||+3.541|
|6. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||+4.483|
|7. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||+5.224|
|8. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||+6.359|
|9. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||+8.336|
|14. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||+15.383|
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||94|
|2. Brad Binder||KTM||71|
|3. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||68|
|4. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||60|
|5. Luca Marini||DUCATI||54|
|6. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||50|
|7. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||49|
|8. Jack Miller||KTM||49|
|9. Álex Rins||HONDA||47|
|10. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||41|
|19. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||12|
|20. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||5|
“We had a good race today; it was nice to be back and riding. Being in the top five was our main target and we were able to achieve it, so the team and I are happy with this after so long away. Maybe if we had the perfect race in every aspect we could have battled for the podium, but Martin and Binder were really fast today. The biggest surprise today was the pace at the end of the race, I was gaining a lot of ground and feeling better on the bike with more and more laps. Tomorrow, we have another race so another chance to keep on learning and improving.”
“It was a hard race today to be honest, we have some areas we need to improve. I wasn’t able to exploit my maximum potential, both the team and I need to keep working to understand how to take the most from this bike. I am trying to change to style a bit to understand what works better, but we aren’t in the position we want to be at the moment. Tomorrow we have another race to keep on learning.”