the italian pilot Enea Bastianini (Ducati) has claimed victory in the MotoGP race of the French Grand Prixseventh round of the Motorcycle World Championship, ahead of the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) and the Spanish Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia), who with his third place is only four points behind the Frenchman’s leadership fabio quartararo (Yamaha).
With its third win of the year, ‘The Beast’ reaches 94 units overall, still dominated by the driver from Nice (102), who was fourth in a race in which he tried to avoid the podium of the older Espargaró (98).
In a day of record attendance in Le Manswhere more than 110,000 spectators crowded to witness the race day, the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) took command of the premier class after the ‘poleman’ Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) was somewhat behind in the exit.
After ‘Pecco’, which a few laps later returned the pass to the ocean, the Spaniard Àlex Rins (Suzuki) made a great start to climb from seventh to third place, although his race was ruined after his bike went long in turn 4 during lap four.
Above, the two Ducati Lenovo Team bikes managed to open a gap on the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati) and Joan Mir (Suzuki), who definitively said goodbye to his options by crashing with 13 laps to go. Also Jorge Martín (Ducati), ten laps from the end, ended up in the gravel.
A fall also ended the tense head fight between Bastianini and Bagnaia. With seven laps to go, ‘The Beast’ overtook the then leader, although he managed to regain his position. However, a lap later ‘Pecco’ went down and left on a plate the third win of the year for his compatriot.
Behind Bastianini and Miller, Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) clenched his teeth so as not to be caught by the championship leader, the Frenchman fabio quartararo (Yamaha), hungry for a podium and anxious not to see how the Granollers rider subtracted points from him in the general classification. However, the Catalan resisted.
For its part, Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda) finished sixth, Maverick Viñales (Aprilia) finished tenth, ahead of Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda), and Àlex Márquez (Honda) was fourteenth in a race in which only 17 riders finished. Rins, Mir, Martín and Raúl Fernández (KTM) failed to finish.