MotoGP: French Grand Prix Race Results
The French Grand Prix was the first flag to flag race in MotoGP since 2017! It certainly did not disappoint!
The race at Le Mans started off dry with all riders starting the race on the slick race tyres. However, during the race the heavens opened and rain poured down onto the Bugatti Circuit! The riders all had to swap bikes during the race onto their wet variants. To add to the drama the race ended off in a dry state, but with eight laps left there was no time for a second bike change.
This is how the teams and riders did today in Le Mans:
Back to back wins for the 'Bologna Bullets'! Back to back wins for the Australian, Jack Miller! After a waiting nearly five years for his second MotoGP race win Jack is rewarded with his third ever MotoGP race win. He now has a hatrick of a dry race win, wet race win and a flag to flag race win! Miller had a disasterclass really today! When the rain started pouring Jack ran on into the gravel, when he went in for his bike change Jack was speeding in the pit lane so had to do two long lap penalties. Even with these mistakes and penalties Jack managed to hunt down the home hero and won in Le Mans for Ducati! His teammate Francesco Bagnaia started the race down in sixteenth place. But once it started raining he showed class as he charged through the field and ended up crossing the line in fourth place! Both the Factory Ducatis are back in the Championship hunt!
Pramac Ducati had a great race today! Johann Zarco one of the home heroes was on the charge in the wet conditions! He managed to close down the front runners and managed to finish second place at his home Grand Prix. While he believed he could of won today at Le Mans I am sure Zarco will be pleased to get his Championship challenge back on track! The replacement rider, Tito Rabat, managed to score points today as he finished in fifteenth.
The Avintia and VR46 Ducati riders, Enea Bastianini and Luca Marini, finished their fifth MotoGP race in fourteenth and twelfth place. Keeping up a good point scoring record in MotoGP in their rookie MotoGP season.
Fabio Quartararo the favourite for this weekend started from pole and was leading his home Grand Prix. However, when it came time to swap bikes Fabio messed up as he stopped on Mavericks side of the garage, this meant Fabio had to do a long lap penalty. Quartararo was struggling in the drying conditions managed to hold on to the podium! As he crossed the line in third place behind Zarco. This result has put Fabio back in control of the World Championship. Maverick Vinales looked to start well in the dry but it went to pot in the wet as he dropped back through the field and ended up finishing in tenth place.
The Petronas boys had a poor weekend for Morbidelli as he was wiped out while going three wide with Pol Espargaro and Valentino Rossi. He did look injured so I hope Morbidelli is ok and fit to ride in Mugello. Valentino Rossi is finally back in the points. After starting from ninth place he looked decent as he was challenging for seventh place in the dry when he was pushed wide in the Morbidelli incident. Valentino will be pleased to finally have a points finish again.
Danilo Petrucci the wet expert struck again in Le Mans! Danilo was on the charge and pulled out an amazing result as he came through to fifth place! This will be the confidence boost that the Italian will need! Iker Lecuona finished in the top ten as he beat Maverick Vinales across the line and took ninth place!
The Factory KTM squad had a poor weekend as Miguel crashed out as he was floating around tenth place. Brad Binder never really got going in the race but managed to finish 13th.
LCR Honda out performed the Repsol team in the wet today! Takaaki Nakagami finished in seventh place today, his hunt for his first MotoGP podium continues. Alex Marquez finished in sixth place, his best result of 2021.
Pol Espargaro finished eighth place today as the best Repsol Honda rider. But Marc Marquez drew most of the attention as he was leading the race after the bike swap. However, Marc pushed too hard and crashed out of what looked to be a guaranteed race win! Marc rejoined and started charging again, but crashed again.
Both of the Aprilia bikes had a poor race today, the riders however did really well. Savadori and Espargaro were both racing inside the points today. But neither of their RS-GP's allowed them to finish the race as both of them had mechanical issues.
Both of the Suzuki riders crashed out of the race today. Mir crashed on slicks when it started raining. Rins crashed out of a podium position after exiting the pit lane on wets.