Moto GP – French GP – Race
As the uncertainty was present while there was no dominant rider on track before the race, it exponentially increased when it started to race moments before the lights turn off, giving a unexpected turn around on the event and changing all the panorama of today’s race at Circuito de la sarthe
After some time to adjust the bike to wet configuration, riders got out of track, made the formation lap and the lights turn off. The first lap saw Petrucci, Dovizioso and Miller leading the way with a strong start for the Ducati riders, while championship leader Fabio Quartararo was having problems to found pace and was demoted to the middle of the pack. Meanwhile the first crash happened, as Valentino Rossi lost control of the bike between turn 2 and 3
As the Ducatis were getting away from the rest of the riders, many surprises were happening behind, as Bradley Smith was 7th, Alex Marquez was 8th with good pace and Alex Rins from 16th was flying on track and was 4th on the chase of the Ducatis ahead.
As the race got closer to its half, Alex Rins chase was coming to an end as the Spaniard was getting closer to the Pramac of Jack Miller, with the Aussie starting to make defensive manouvers as the Suzuki rider started to use attacking moves. Meanwhile Pol Espargaro and Alex Marquez were getting closer to the leading group.
Battles were getting intense as both official Ducatis of Petrucci and Dovizioso went on a battle, with Miller and Rins also joining, as it became a 6-man group as Pol Espargaro and Alex Marquez also joined the battle.
Dramatic moments happened on the next laps, as Miller’s bike broke up and was forced to abandon and then Alex Rins went to the ground some laps later, with Petrucci having a gap to work with, as Dovizioso have to defend against Alex Marquez, Pol Espargaro and Miguel Oliveira, who also joined the group.
With a few laps to go, Dovizioso went full defensive mode as Alex went for 2nd place and eventually made a solid move on the Italian, who was starting to struggle with the tyres. Eventually Alex and Pol would overtake Dovizioso was really close to lose position with Oliveira and Zarco, but hold the 4th place at the end, Pol without much noise grabs another podium, Alex shines on a spectacular comeback and Danilo Petrucci gets a confidence boost as he gets his 2nd win on the principal category. Fabio Quartararo ended 9th as he also had a strong battle with championship rivals Maverick Viñales and Joan Mir
1. Danilo Petrucci /// 2. Alex Marquez /// 3. Pol Espargaro
4. Andrea Dovizioso /// 5. Johann Zarco/// 6. Miguel Oliveira
7. Takaaki Nakagami /// 8. Stefan Bradl /// 9. Fabio Quartararo
10. Maverick Viñales /// 11. Joan Mir /// 12. Brad Binder
13. Francesco Bagnaia /// 14. Aleix Espargaro /// 15. Iker Lecuona
DNF: Aleix Rins, Jack Miller, Franco Morbidelli, Cal Crutchlow, Tito Rabat, Bradley Smith, Valentino Rossi
Another race with unexpected turn of events that shakes up the championship standings once again, as now Quartararo has a gap of less than 20 points between Dovizioso, Mir and Viñales. Next week the calendar goes to Aragón Motorland for a double header on consecutive weeks.