French Grand Prix
Race Ended
Le Mans - 21st May
Fastest Lap - M.Vinales 1:32.309
Rider Team Time FLs
1 1
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 43:29.793 6 25
3 2
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +3.134 2 20
13 3
Repsol Honda Team +7.717 1 16
6 4
Ducati Team +11.223 0 13
4 5
LCR Honda +13.519 0 11
16 6
Ducati Team +24.002 0 10
15 7
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +25.733 0 9
11 8
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +32.603 0 8
12 9
Reale Avintia Racing +45.784 0 7
17 10
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +48.332 0 6
22 11
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +50.036 0 5
8 12
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +52.661 0 4
10 13
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +53.179 0 3
21 14
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +55.432 0 2
23 15
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +66.878 0 1
2 -
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Crashed Out 3 0
18 -
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Retired 0 0
5 -
Repsol Honda Team Crashed Out 2 0
19 -
OCTO Pramac Racing Retired 0 0
9 -
Pull and Bear Aspar Team Retired 0 0
14 -
Pull and Bear Aspar Team Crashed Out 0 0
7 -
OCTO Pramac Racing Retired 0 0
20 -
Reale Avintia Racing Retired 0 0
Live Commentary
Summary: A thrilling French Grand Prix saw Vinales score his third win of the season as teammate Rossi, who had the lead until three corners to go, snatched defeat from the jaws of victory to score a 'DNF'. Home hero Zarco drove a good race, taking care of his soft option tyres to climb the second step of the podium while Pedrosa rounded out the podium after starting way down in thirteenth.

Dovizioso finished fourth for Ducati, holding off Crutchlow all race long. Lorenzo rounded out a Ducati sandwich, finishing in sixth.

Folger was seventh ahead of Miller and Baz while Iannone rounded out the top-10.

Lowes scored the first points of his premier series career in 14th.

The dramatic turn of events puts Vinales on top of the rider standings heading into Mugello, 17 points clear of Pedrosa, with Rossi and Marquez a further 6 and 10 points behind respectively.

Can Rossi turn it around at his home race? Join us in two weeks' time at the Italian Grand Prix to find out!
Lap 28: Final lap! Can Rossi hang on? The answer is 'No'! He runs wide and loses the lead to Vinales. ROSSI DOWN! He tries too hard to make up for his mistake and throws away P2. That moves Zarco to P2 and Pedrosa into podium contention. VINALES WINS Rossi gets on his battered Yamaha but cannot get going and hunches over to take a moment. Zarco finishes in P2 and Pedrosa in P3. Lowes scores the first point of his premier series career in P15.
Lap 27: Rossi seems to have done the best job of nurturing his tyres as he looks a tad more stable than Vinales on corner entry. Vinales cuts across the Chemin aux Boeufs chicane and almost drives into the side of his teammate!
Lap 26: Rossi does it! Heading into the Dunlop esses, he comes from a mile behind and dives past Vinales on the inside. He then stifles a comeback attempt from Vinales by nearly muscling him off track to take over P1.
Lap 25: Disappointment for Aleix Esparagaro, who had just passed Miller for P8. He has come to a stop trackside with unknown issues plaguing his Gresini. Rossi positively MONSTERS out of Turn 7, closing right up on Vinales.
Lap 24: Set free of Zarco's turbulent air, Rossi sets the fastest lap and also gently sets off the alarm bells for teammate Vinales.
Lap 23: Rossi dives up the inside of Zarco on approach to the Dunlop esses to take over P2. Crutchlow does not fight him too hard, possibly thinking about settling for a podium finish at his home race?
Lap 22: Yet another fastest lap and new record from Vinales. With that, he stretches his lead to 0.5 seconds over his two fellow Yamaha riders.
Lap 21: Crutchlow is swarming all over the back of Dovizioso, looking for a way past into P5. He outbrakes the Italian, going up the inside at the end of the back straight and gets back in the top-5.
Lap 20: Meanwhile, out front, it is still very, very close between the all-Yamaha top-3 and we cannot rule any of them out. Not even Pedrosa, who is in good position to take advantage of any trouble in front of him.
Lap 19: Marquez is currently riding around in P19, his disappointment clearly evident in his body language. As things stand now, Pedrosa would move up to third in the rider standings, 20 points adrift of Vinales.
Lap 18: MARQUEZ DOWN! His front loses all grip all at once on approach to the Dunlop esses and down it goes. Marquez is okay and immediately sets about trying to get his stricken Honda going but to no avail.
Lap 17: If they finish as they are running at the moment, Vinales would gap Rossi by 7 points in the rider standings, who in turn would head Marquez by a further 7 points.
Lap 16: Continuing on from Jerez, Pedrosa seems to have the upper hand on Repsol Honda teammate Marquez again, as he is starting to close in on #93.
Lap 15: After losing P8 to Lorenzo, Miller drops another position, now down to P10. If you did not tune in yesterday, Miller endured a horrific crash in practice and he is a very lucky boy to be motoring around here today.
Lap 14: Lorenzo makes the move on Miller for P8. Incidentally, he is the rider with the most Grand Prix victories at Le Mans, having stood on the top step of the podium on six occasions at the French circuit; a single win in the 250cc class to add to his five MotoGP wins.
Lap 13: Another fastest lap (and new track record) for Vinales. He is just tearing up the brand new asphalt on this recently resurfaced track! Watching a replay, we see Crutchlow got nerfed out of the way by Pedrosa. That was way he slipped down the order a couple of laps ago. It seems the victory at Jerez has certainly woken up the diminutive Spaniard !
Lap 12: Marquez has closed in quite close to Rossi's tail, who in turn is losing touch with the lead duo.
Lap 11: Crutchlow has made a boo boo somewhere on the track as he suddenly times in at P7, dropping behind Dovizioso.
Lap 10: Pedrosa has at last gone past Dovizioso for P6 and sets after Crutchlow for the top-5. Zarco has not let up. He is keeping Vinales honest and Rossi working hard to find a way past.
Lap 9: Redding has come into the pits and likely retirement. We hear it could be a gearbox issue. Crutchlow, Dovizioso and Pedrosa have a tight battle going for P5.
Lap 8: Set free in clean air, Vinales immediately gets to work and sets the fastest lap. Redding is crawling around the track and it looks like his race could be run here.
Lap 7: The crowd groans as Vinales makes the, some would say inevitable, move on Zarco and takes over the lead.
Lap 6: Vinales had the fastest lap that time, two tenths up on leader Zarco, who is on the softer tyre. Abraham pulls into the pits to retire. With Bautista's retirement earlier, that pulls down the shutters on the Aspar Ducati garage for this weekend.
Lap 5: Marquez is starting to distance himself from Crutchlow back in P5. Barbera seems to be experiencing some issues but stays out on track.
Lap 4: Zarco with the fastest lap. It is interesting to note that he has the highest point score by a French rider after four races since Randy de Puniet had 36 points after the opening four races of 2010.
Lap 3: On replay, we see Marquez cut across the track exiting the Dunlop esses. Dovizioso has his hands full with a fiesty Pedrosa.
Lap 2: First lap in the books with a very popular leader indeed, already drawing away from the Yamaha duo of Vinales and Rossi. Bautista is able to walk away from his accident.
Lap 1: The red lights go out and the French Grand Prix is GO!! Zarco takes the lead into Turn 1 and the crowd go crazy! He leads Vinales and Marquez through the legendary Dunlop esses. Rossi makes quick work of Marquez for P3. Bautista has crashed!
Preview: Hello and welcome to historic Le Mans for the running of the French Grand Prix. Marc Marquez comes in as the points leader, three points clear of compatriot Dani Pedrosa. Using part of the legendary La Sarthe circuit steeped in sports car racing lore, the Le Mans Bugatti layout comprises of mostly slow, flat corners that put a fair bit of emphasis on an efficient brake package and traction on exit. Rossi comes in with just a two point lead over teammate Vinales in the rider standings after Yamaha's factory operation had a race to forget in Jerez. They had better turn it around this weekend as Repsol Honda looks to be quite well equipped for the summer races, if Jerez was any indication. Vinales will head the front row off the grid, after outqualifying his Yamaha teammate Rossi yesterday while popular home hero Zarco will start alongside him. Substituting for the injured Alex Rins will be 2014 World Superbike champion Sylvain Guintoli and he will start from last. Rins is set to miss multiple races after fracturing his left wrist in a practice crash at Austin, with a recovery time of six to eight weeks estimated for the Spaniard.
Temp: 21°C
Forecast: Sunny
Track: Dry

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