Marc Marquez enjoyed another fantastic race weekend, taking his third consecutive victory this season, the 64th of his career, and his 38th in MotoGP, equalling Casey Stoner’s Premier Class GP win tally and extending his own Championship lead to 36 points over second-place rider Maverick Viñales.

The only rider on a hard Michelin rear tyre, Marc managed the race perfectly in every phase, on a track that is usually challenging for him. He kept his cool during the early laps until his tyres were ready, took the lead after the crashes of Title-chase rivals Andrea Dovizioso and Johann Zarco, and eventually built a comfortable gap at the front, which he managed until the chequered flag fell.

Dani Pedrosa rode a strong race, recovering from the fourth row on the grid to finish in fifth place, keeping a good pace for the entire race.

Marc Marquez

1st

“I’m particularly happy with this win here in Le Mans, as it’s one of the most difficult tracks for us! Today I was the only one on a hard rear tyre, and that made my approach to the race a bit different because I knew it would take a little more time to reach the right temperature. But during the warm-up, I had the opportunity to verify that once the tyre was ready, it was very constant, and I was able to keep a very good rhythm. To be honest, things were a bit challenging at the beginning of the race: Zarco touched me in the second corner and I went a bit wide, then Iannone crashed and nearly hit me, so I lost some more positions. I decided to cool down for a while. When I saw that Dovi and Johann were out, my approach to the race again changed a bit. At a certain point, I had one big moment in turn three, where I had already crashed in FP3, which is why I was being extremely careful there; I think that helped me to avoid a crash in that moment. I’m currently experiencing a very ‘sweet’ period with my bike, and when you’ve got that kind of feeling, you also work better; then you ride better, and the bike works better. Things don't exactly become easier when you get into this zone, but they’re more ‘natural.’ Of course it’s a very long season, and not all the races will be the same, so we’ll just try and keep the momentum.”

Dani Pedrosa

5th

“Fifth is a decent result considering the weekend and my physical potential. Looking at the positives, we recovered five positions after starting from 10th place, which isn't so easy at this track. Today it was also important not to crash, and we managed to finish the race, which in turn lets us approach the next race with some more confidence. And finally, our rhythm at the end of the race was consistent, even if it’s not yet as fast as we would've liked. We were able to improve our bike setup over the weekend, and I’d like to thank the team for that. Now we’ll see what my physical condition is like after next week's test in Catalunya. Hopefully it will be better, and then we’ll try and keep improving our performances.”

MotoGP 2018
Race Round 5   France

Race Results

Sunny
Humidity
41%
Track Temp
45°C
Air Temp
24°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 41'49.773
2 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 20 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 2.310
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 5.350
4 Miller Jack 43 AUS 13 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 6.314
5 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team Honda 7.419
6 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 10 Ducati Team Ducati 10.355
7 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 9 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 23.758
8 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 8 LCR Honda Honda 25.795
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 7 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 26.206
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA 6 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 27.937
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 32.304
12 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 4 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 34.962
13 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 3 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 37.881
14 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 38.299
15 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 1 LCR Honda Honda 41.986
16 Luthi Tom 12 SWI 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 45.260
17 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 56.872
18 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'12.117
19 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 17 laps
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 17 laps
21 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 19 laps
22 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati 23 laps
23 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 26 laps
24 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
Location Information

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
Width 13 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 9
Longest straight 0.674 kilometres / 0.419 miles
Constructed 1966
Modified 2008
Resurfacing Resurfaced before 2017 round

Automobile Club de l'Ouest, Le Mans, France - View in Google Maps

www.lemans.org

Records

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)
2018 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)