Marc Marquez continues his victory streak by winning the 2018 French GP at Le Mans. His biggest competitor, Andrea Dovizioso, failed to finish the race as he lowsided during the early laps.
The French GP has always been one of the most interesting GPs in the MotoGP calendar mostly because of its race circuit. This year’s race was not an exception, and we witnessed some good action.
It was Zarco, the Frenchman, who secured the pole position for the race on his home ground. However, it didn’t take Marquez long to get past him. But it was Jorge Lorenzo who had a blasting start, as he jumped from 6th position to 1st in a jiffy. Following him was his teammate Dovizioso.
It was a crucial race for Dovizioso because this win would bring him back in the game. Perhaps, due to this, he seemed to be a bit impatient to overtake Lorenzo and lead the race. As he got past Lorenzo and took the next corner, he encountered a lowside crash. Dovi couldn’t believe what just happened, and he was out of the race in a blink of an eye.
Thereafter it was Lorenzo who lead the race. He managed to extend the gap between himself and the second runner-up. Lorenzo’s decision of going with both soft tires was helping him to do so. However, since the track temperature kept on rising with each passing lap, this meant more wear of the tires. Eventually, Lorenzo started falling behind.
With 21 laps to go, Zarco was overtaken by Marquez, but he retaliated instantly and regained his position. Unfortunately, he crashed in turn 8, and his dream of getting on the podium on his home ground shattered right away.
Lorenzo was then beat by Marquez, then by Danilo Petrucci astride his Ducati, and later by Rossi. Since then the leading riders remained at their positions with Marquez well ahead of Petrucci. Rossi tried to gain some time and hunt down the Ducati ahead of him, but he decided to stick to the 3rd place.
Jack Miller ended up in the 4th position, followed by Pedrosa and Lorenzo. Rossi’s teammate, Maverick Vinales scored 7th place, ahead of Cal Crutchlow who came to race from the hospital and scored a respectable 8th position.
Andrea Iannone of Suzuki crashed out of the race during the early laps. His teammate, Alex Rins who had crashed in the last two races, managed to finish this one at the 10th place.
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 41m 49.773s
Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 41m 52.083s
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 41m 55.123s
Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 41m 56.087s
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 41m 57.192s
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) 42m 0.128s
Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 42m 13.531s
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 42m 15.568s
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 42m 15.979s
Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 42m 17.710s
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 42m 22.077s
Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 42m 24.735s
Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 42m 27.654s
Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 42m 28.072s
Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 42m 31.759s
Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 42m 35.033s
Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 42m 46.645s
Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16)* 43m 1.890s
Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) DNF
Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) DNF
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) DNF
Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) DNF
Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) DNF