Today Dani Pedrosa scored his third consecutive podium finish after starting the French GP from the 13th spot on the grid and making a great comeback to finish third  in front of over 104,000 spectators, a new record for the Le Mans event. The last time Dani was in the top three for three consecutive races was in 2014 (Catalunya, Assen, Sachsenring). He is now third on the list of most career podium finishes with 147, behind Agostini (159) and Rossi (224).

Dani got away well and completed the first lap in seventh place. He pushed his way past Dovizioso on lap 10 and passed Crutchlow on the next lap. He soon began closing in on his teammate before Marc Marquez slid out from fourth place. Rossi’s last-lap crash allowed Dani to gain 16 important points and move up to second in the World Championship standings, 17 points off the lead.

Marc had a good start and was keeping a fast pace in fourth position when he lost the front and crashed out of the race in the first corner on lap 18. Despite today’s DNF, Marc is fourth in the Championship, 27 points down on Viñales.

The Repsol Honda Team will take part in a test in Catalunya this week.

Dani Pedrosa

3rd

“I’m super happy about this podium because I knew it would be quite tough to manage the race well starting from the fifth row on the grid. The thought of getting through that first chicane at the back of the pack meant a lot of pressure. It was a demanding mental exercise to try and be fast but not crash, being aggressive but calm! But in the end I got a good start, entered the first corner quite well, and quickly settled into a good rhythm. I recovered some positions and also touched with Cal along the way. I’m sorry for that but really it wasn’t intentional. I had just moved past Dovi and wasn’t going to pass Cal in that corner, but he made a little mistake that opened the line slightly, so I got through on the inside and we touched. I’m happy nothing really happened there. After Marc crashed, I kept pushing but I was two seconds behind the Yamahas. I was starting to feel some chattering, and I decided to stay calm as I didn’t want to make a mistake. I think we had a good race and a very good result for the Championship. It’s just a shame that this weekend we couldn’t do well in qualifying, but we’re working with the team very well and the feeling with the bike is improving little by little. We just have to continue on this path for the next races.”

Marc Marquez

DNF

“Of course today wasn’t the best for us. It’s a shame as I was really focused on trying to finish the race. Since yesterday, I haven’t felt totally comfortable with the front and it seems like the first sector of the track wasn’t ‘my’ sector this weekend! I knew what my pace was and that the Yamaha riders were stronger today, but my target was to fight for four or fifth place and just be competitive until the end. I tried to be careful but then for some reason I lost the front very quickly. I didn’t expect this mistake but the good thing is that we’re not very far back, only 27 off the lead. I hope that I’ll have more confidence in the front with the new tyre Michelin is bringing. We have to work hard and try to recover but I look forward to doing better in the next races.”

MotoGP 2017
Race Round 5   France

Race Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 43'29.793
2 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 20 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 3.134
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda 7.717
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 13 Ducati Team Ducati 11.223
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 11 LCR Honda Honda 13.519
6 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 10 Ducati Team Ducati 24.002
7 Folger Jonas 94 GER 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 25.733
8 Miller Jack 43 AUS 8 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 32.603
9 Baz Loris 76 FRA 7 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 45.784
10 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 6 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 48.332
11 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 5 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 50.036
12 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 52.661
13 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 53.179
14 Lowes Sam 22 GBR 2 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 55.432
15 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA 1 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'06.878
16 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 0 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1 lap
17 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 5 laps
18 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 11 laps
19 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 0 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 11 laps
20 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 21 laps
21 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 23 laps
22 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 25 laps
23 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati
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

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

www.lemans.org

Records

Pole Position 1m 31.975s (163.8km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 32.309s (163.2km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2017)
Race Time 43m 29.793s (161.6km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2017)
2017 Race Winner Maverick Viñales (Yamaha)