The French GP was ultimately a weekend of ups and downs as Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro worked to deliver the maximum potential result in Le Mans.
A morning spit of rain would ultimately amount to nothing as the Le Mans circuit hosted one of the hottest French Grands Prix in recent years. Over 100,000 passionate French fans made for an electric atmosphere as the MotoGP World Championship lined up for round seven of the 2022 season.
Both Repsol Honda Team riders started the race well when the lights went out at 14:00 Local Time, Marc Marquez opting for a wider line through the fast Turn One. There was no waiting around as the eight-time World Champion immediately began to work his way forward, sliding past Nakagami and Quartararo at the end of the first lap. Steady pace followed as Marquez tried to close the distance to the leading group on his RC213V, holding firm in seventh place for much of the race. Crashes ahead would see Marquez cross the line sixth place, collecting ten points.
With a total of 54 points, Marc Marquez maintains his position inside the top-ten in the overall standings.
Going for the tighter line through the opening corner, Pol Espargaro maintained his position from the grid and slotted in just behind his teammate. Narrowly avoiding contact between Zarco and Binder ahead of him, Espargaro lost touch with the leading group and spent the majority of the race battling with the factory KTM machines. A late fall from Oliveira forced the #44 to again take avoiding action, dropping his Honda RC213V from outside the top ten.
11th place in the French Grand Prix has Pol Espargaro 12th overall in the championship, 14 points behind Marquez.
There is now a week off before the Repsol Honda Team face yet another back-to-back challenge with Mugello and Barcelona, two iconic tracks within less than ten days of each other. Both riders are hoping for better fortunes there.
French Grand Prix Race Results
|1||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||25||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||41'34.613|
|2||Miller Jack||43||AUS||20||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||2.718|
|3||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||16||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||4.182|
|4||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||13||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||4.288|
|5||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||11||Pramac Racing||Ducati||11.139|
|6||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||10||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||15.155|
|7||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||9||LCR Honda||Honda||16.680|
|8||Binder Brad||33||RSA||8||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||18.459|
|9||Marini Luca||10||ITA||7||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||20.541|
|10||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||6||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||21.486|
|11||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||5||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||22.707|
|12||Bezzecchi Marco||73||ITA||4||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||23.408|
|13||Di Giannantonio Fabio||49||ITA||3||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||26.432|
|14||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||2||LCR Honda||Honda||28.710|
|15||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||1||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||29.433|
|16||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||0||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||38.149|
|17||Binder Darryn||40||RSA||0||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||59.748|
|18||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||0||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||DNF|
|19||Bagnaia Francesco||62||ITA||0||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||DNF|
|20||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|21||Mir Joan||36||SPA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||DNF|
|22||Fernandez Raul||25||SPA||0||RNF MotoGP Team||Aprilia||DNF|
|23||Rins Alex||42||SPA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||DNF|
|24||Gardner Remy||87||AUS||0||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||DNF|
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|
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|Pole Position||1m 30.450s (166.5km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Lap||1m 31.778s (164.1km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Time||41m 34.613s (163 km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2022)|
|2022 Race Winner||Enea Bastianini (Ducati)|