The defending MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo, has won the French Grand Prix at Le Mans as Honda rival Marc Marquez sensationally crashed out. The Yamaha rider led from the beginning to the end of the race, after a strong getaway from pole position.
Valentino Rossi fought back great from qualifying a disappointing 7th to finish on 2nd place with Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales benefitting from the chaos to finish 3rd and on the podium for the first time in his career and also first podium for Suzuki in their comeback to MotoGP.
Dani Pedrosa ensured Honda would leave France finishing 4th ahead of Yamaha’s Pol Espargaro (5th) and his brother Aleix Espargaro (6th) on Suzuki.
Riders continued to crash out, lap after lap, despite the clear weather conditions. Andrea Iannone was looking strong and would probably finish on podium but he crashed his Ducati into the gravel while chasing Lorenzo for the lead. At half race distance Ducati’s Andrea Dovisioso and Marquez, running in 3rd and 4th at the time, simultaneously crashed out in a bizarre incident that saw no contact between the pair. Marquez did manage to get his Honda running again and ended up finishing 13th to secure valuable championship points. Bradley Smith, Jack Miller, Tito Rabat, Cal Crutchlow, Yonny Hernandez and Scott Redding also retired through crashes at various stages.
Lorenzo, Marquez and Rossi are now split by just 12 points in the standings as MotoGP heads to Italy for round six of the championship.