Marc Marquez took his third win of the 2019 season with another dominating performance as teammate Jorge Lorenzo took his best finish of the season with 11th.
Cold conditions from morning Warm Up carried through until the start of the French Grand Prix at 14:00 local time, a track temperature of just 18°C made for treacherous opening laps.
Marc Marquez was able to keep clear of trouble to open a small advantage, Jack Miller the only rider able to stay with him. Miller was briefly able to get past, but the Repsol Honda Team rider responded to the challenge on lap six and retook the lead. Steadily building his lead lap-by-lap, Marquez crossed the line 1.9 seconds clear of Dovizioso, claiming Honda’s 300th win in the premier class.
The win is also Marquez’s 47th in the premier class, drawing equal with Jorge Lorenzo in third on the all time premier class wins list. Marquez now extends his lead in the MotoGP World Championship to eight points, Honda maintaining a healthy advantage in the Constructor Championship.
With his best start of the year, Jorge Lorenzo was able to immediately insert himself into the group battling for the top ten. Able to attack multiple times, Lorenzo found himself as high as seventh. Ultimately crossing the line in 11th, Lorenzo takes his best finish of the season as he continues his adaption to the Honda.
The MotoGP World Championship now prepares to head to the iconic Mugello circuit for the Italian Grand Prix, May 31 – June 02.
French Grand Prix Race Results
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||41'53.647|
|2||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||20||Ducati Team||Ducati||1.984|
|3||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||16||Ducati Team||Ducati||2.142|
|4||Miller Jack||43||AUS||13||Pramac Racing||Ducati||2.940|
|5||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||11||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||3.053|
|6||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||10||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||5.935|
|7||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||9||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||7.187|
|8||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||8||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||8.439|
|9||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||7||LCR Honda||Honda||9.853|
|10||Rins Alex||42||SPA||6||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||13.709|
|11||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||5||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||15.003|
|12||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||4||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||29.512|
|13||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||3||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||33.061|
|14||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||2||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||35.481|
|15||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||1||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||36.044|
|16||Mir Joan||36||SPA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1 Lap|
|17||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||0||LCR Honda||Honda||DNF|
|18||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||DNF|
|19||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||0||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||DNF|
|20||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|21||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||0||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|22||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||0||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||DSQ|
Built in 1965 around the existing 24-Hour track, the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit lies 5km south of the city of Le Mans and 200km south-west of Paris. The venue has hosted Grand Prix since the late sixties but a serious accident to Spanish rider Alberto Puig in… read more.
|Length||4.185 kilometres / 2.6 miles|
|Longest straight||0.674 kilometres / 0.419 miles|
|Resurfacing||Resurfaced before 2017 round|
Automobile Club de l'Ouest, Le Mans, France - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 31.185s (165.2km/h) Johann Zarco (Yamaha, 2018)|
|Race Lap||1m 32.309s (163.2km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2017)|
|Race Time||41m49.773s (162 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)|
|2020 Race Winner||Danilo Petrucci (Ducati)|