Marc Márquez raises the front wheel as he victoriously crosses the finish line of the French Grand Prix of MotoGP, this Sunday, May 20 at the Le Mans circuit
The Spanish rider Marc Márquez (Honda) won with authority this Sunday in the MotoGP category at the Grand Prix of France, adding his third consecutive victory, which strengthens him in front of the World Championship.
In a race with several fallen between the suitors to the triumph (like the French Zarco or the Italian Dovizioso), they completed the podium the Italians Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Pramac) and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha).
With this victory, Márquez equals the number of victories of the Australian Casey Stoner in the highest category of world motorcycling (38) and now has 36 points of advantage over his most direct pursuer in the world, his compatriot Maverick Viñales (Yamaha).
Zarco, second before starting the GP of France, falls to third place in the championship, 37 points behind Marquez.
The Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Pramac), the Spaniards Dani Pedrosa (Honda), Jorge Lorenzo and Maverick Viñales, the British Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), victim of a sharp fall in qualifying, and the also Hispanics Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) and Alex Rins (Suzuki) completed, in this order, the Top10 of the race.
The Italian Andrea Iannone, who had achieved his first two podiums with Suzuki in the last races, also fell in the first lap.
Zarco started from the pole position and after a mediocre start he made contact with the head of the race when he went to the ground losing control of his Yamaha in a corner when he was in second position.
The best in that exit was Jorge Lorenzo, who led the race during the first laps, although as is usual, he went from more to less and finished off the podium.
In the fifth turn of the Le Mans track, the Spaniard gave the lead of the race to his partner in Ducati Dovizioso, but for a short time, as the Italian rider went down.
Dovizioso, current world runner-up, adds his second consecutive zero and his options to fight for the title move away.
– 36 points of advantage after five races –
Lorenzo resumed the lead of the race, but in the 8th lap he was overtaken by Marquez and the four-time world champion did not miss the opportunity to take a big step in his goal of revalidating the crown.
In the second part of the race, the Catalan driver printed a devilish rhythm that could not be followed by any of his rivals, so the fight focused on the podium positions, which ultimately went to Petrucci and Rossi.
In Moto2, the Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Kalex) added the third win of the season (in five races) and comfortably leads the world championship, with 25 points over the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira and 31 over Marc’s brother, Álex Márquez , who finished second and his compatriot Joan Mir, current Moto3 champion, completed the podium.
The Spanish Albert Arenas (KTM) was the winner in Moto3, after the Italian Fabio Di Giannantonio (Honda), who crossed first in the finish, was sanctioned with three seconds for having skipped a curve, so he finished fourth, by behind also the Italian Andrea Migno and the Spaniard Marcos Ramírez (KTM), who accompanied Arenas on the podium.
The world championship leader Marco Bezzechi (KTM) retains the first position in the championship despite falling in France (63 points), in an action in which he threw the Spanish Jorge Martín (55), which passes from second to fourth position of the classification, surpassed by Di Giannantonio (59) and the Spanish Aaron Canet (56).