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French MotoGP report: Marquez secures Honda’s 300th win

20th May 2019 2:59 pm

Marc Marquez now leads the championship by 8 points; Ducati’s Dovizioso and Petrucci finish 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Marc Marquez has further extended his championship lead after winning the 2019 French GP at Le Mans to clinch a landmark 300th premier class victory for Honda.

The start of the race saw polesitter Marquez and Danilo Petrucci running side-by-side into Turn 3, with Marquez just edging ahead. Soon after, Jack Miller was able to overtake Petrucci – who dropped down to 5th place – and then set his sights on Marquez, passing the Honda rider on lap 5 at Turn 3. But Marquez was able to re-take the lead after sweeping down the inside of Miller at Turn 6, just two laps later. From there on, he remained firmly in control of the race out at the front.

By the half-way point, Ducati’s Andrea Doviziso had caught up with Miller, having dropped to 7th place earlier in the opening laps. He took advantage of Miller running wide at Turn 7 to move up to 2nd. However, by then, Marquez had already established a 3 second lead. Behind him, Petrucci has made his way up the order and moved up to 3rd place after passing Miller. With just five laps to go, Petrucci attempted to overtake his Ducati team-mate, but Dovizioso was able to hold on to his position as Petrucci ran wide. The two continued to battle it out over the last few laps, but Dovizioso was able to fend off Petrucci to take 2nd place.

Miller finished 4th after holding off Valentino Rossi in a late-race scrap. Behind them, Pol Espargaro finished the race in 6th place, handing the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team its best result of the season so far. The Petronas Yamaha SRT duo of Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo took 7th and 8th place, respectively, with Cal Crutchlow and Alex Rins rounding off the top 10.

Francesco Bagnaia, Maverick Viñales, Takaaki Nakagami, Andrea Iannone and Tito Rabat all retired from the race. Karel Abraham and Joan Mir crashed on the warm-up lap in separate incidents. Mir was able to get back to the pits and join the race, finishing in 16th place. However, Abraham was black-flagged for coming out of the pit lane after the leader had crossed the line on the first lap.

Result:

POS

RIDER

TEAM

BIKE

LAPS

GAP

1

Marc Marquez

Honda

Honda

27

41m53.647s

2

Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati

Ducati

27

1.984s

3

Danilo Petrucci

Ducati

Ducati

27

2.142s

4

Jack Miller

Pramac Ducati

Ducati

27

2.940s

5

Valentino Rossi

Yamaha

Yamaha

27

3.053s

6

Pol Espargaro

KTM

KTM

27

5.935s

7

Franco Morbidelli

Petronas Yamaha

Yamaha

27

7.187s

8

Fabio Quartararo

Petronas Yamaha

Yamaha

27

8.439s

9

Cal Crutchlow

LCR Honda

Honda

27

9.853s

10

Alex Rins

Suzuki

Suzuki

27

13.709s

11

Jorge Lorenzo

Honda

Honda

27

15.003s

12

Aleix Espargaro

Aprilia

Aprilia

27

29.512s

13

Johann Zarco

KTM

KTM

27

33.061s

14

Hafizh Syahrin

Tech3 KTM

KTM

27

35.481s

15

Miguel Oliveira

Tech3 KTM

KTM

27

36.044s

16

Joan Mir

Suzuki

Suzuki

26

1 Lap

-

Takaaki Nakagami

LCR Honda

Honda

18

Retirement

-

Andrea Iannone

Aprilia

Aprilia

8

Retirement

-

Maverick Vinales

Yamaha

Yamaha

6

Retirement

-

Francesco Bagnaia

Pramac Ducati

Ducati

6

Retirement

-

Karel Abraham

Avintia Ducati

Ducati

5

Disqualified

-

Tito Rabat

Avintia Ducati

Ducati

2

Retirement

 

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