Moto GP – French GP – Sprint
A special weekend for the Moto GP sport, saw the riders take place for the 5th round of the championship calendar, but also the 1000th race of the category. A remarkable archievement that hypes up this race weekend. Here’s a quick recap of the qualy session, that saw Bagnaia leading the pack once again, the return of Marc Marquez at 2nd and Luca Marini closing the top row.
1. Francesco Bagnaia /// 2. Marc Marquez /// 3. Luca Marini
4. Jack Miller /// 5. Jorge Martin /// 6. Maverick Viñales
7. Marco Bezzecchi /// 8. Alex Marquez /// 9. Johann Zarco
10. Brad Binder /// 11. Aleix Espargaro /// 12. Augusto Fernandez
13. Fabio Quartararo /// 14. Takaaki Nakagami /// 15. Fabio Di Giannantonio
16. Joan Mir /// 17. Franco Morbidelli ///18. Alex Rins
19. Danilo Petrucci /// 20. Lorenzo Savadori /// 21. Jonas Folger
Ligths go off and race was undeway, Bagnaia hold the lead on the first laps, meanwhile Martin snatch 2nd ahead of Miller and Marc, as Marini completed the top 5. It didn’t take long to shake up the standings, as Jack Miller finds the gravel on the next couple of laps. As the leading group reduced to just 5 riders, Bagnaia, Martin, Marquez, Marini and Binder.
It didn’t take long for Martin to make a move on the championship leader Bagnaia and took the lead, as the Spaniard Pramac rider started to fly on track, quickly separating from the leading group. Huge battle develop between Ducati and the Honda bike, as the South African Brad Binder took advantage of the battle and made a superb double pass on both riders.
The battle extended for a while, as both riders were constantly fighting on each turn and not giving up for the 3rd spot, eventually it was Bagnaia who made a move on the Honda rider, even as Marquez attempted to go back up front, the Ducati rider manage to hold position and open a gap with Marc. Some crashea saw Augusto Fernandez, Jonas Folger and home hero Fabio Quatararo falling off their bikes.
It was a clear sprint win for Jorge Martin with a superb ride and pace, followed by yet another strong sprint performance from Brad Binder l and Francesco Bagnaia with another sprint race podium at P3.
1. Jorge Martin /// 2. Francesco Bagnaia /// 3. Francesco Bagnaia
4. Luca Marini /// 5. Marc Marquez /// 6. Johann Zarco
7. Marco Bezzecchi /// 8. Aleix Espargaro /// 9. Maverick Viñales
10. Takaaki Nakagami /// 11. Alex Rins /// 12. Fabio Di Giannantoino
13. Franco Morbidelli /// 14. Joan Mir /// 15. Alex Marquez
16. Danilo Petrucci /// 17. Lorenzo Savadori
DNF:Jack Miller, Augusto Fernandez, jonas Folger, Fabio Quatararo
Big contested sprint race saw a fierce battle at the front as both Jorge Martin and Brad Binder took advantage of that dispute and grab some points for tomorrow’s race. KTM have shown some significant improvement and its a reality that they could fight Ducati for some race wins or even the championship, if things start rolling on their favour.
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