After a Grand Prix de France marked by numerous crashes including that of Francesco Bagnaia, Marco Bezzecchi forgot the competition and won ahead of Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco. Fabio Quartararo took advantage of the incidents to move up to seventh place.
Marco Bezzecchi will go down in the annals of MotoGP. On the Bugatti Circuit of Le Mans, the driver of the VR46 team won the 1000th Grand Prix in the history of the premier category. In front of stands full as an egg, the Italian was able to get through the many incidents that marred a Grand Prix de France rich in emotions. As soon as the lights went out, Francesco Bagnaia was unable to make the most of his pole position. Indeed, it was a very aggressive Marc Marquez who was able to take the advantage over the reigning world champion when Jack Miller and Luca Marini did the same to settle in second and third place.
While Jorge Martin suffered a scare on the second lap, which dropped him to tenth place, Jack Miller did not let Marc Marquez breathe and quickly took the lead over the Spaniard to lead the race. after three rounds. A leading pack that was animated by the Aprilia of Maverick Viñales. After a narrowly avoided contact with Luca Marini, the Spaniard passed the Italian on lap five before tackling Francesco Bagnaia. However, after passing the Ducati rider, he slammed the door shut and made contact that knocked them both down.
After Bagnaia, Marini and A.Marquez created panic
A first clap of thunder in this Grand Prix de France which was quickly followed by a real fright. At the start of lap six, coming out of the Dunlop chicane, Luca Marini lost the front on his Ducati and saw Alex Marquez hit him. The two pilots fell on this action in the middle of the track and a peloton launched at high speed. Fortunately, no additional accident took place and the race was able to continue its course. Rising in power, Marco Bezzecchi took advantage of these incidents to put pressure on Marc Marquez in the fight for second place. After a first attempt to exceed the limit, which prompted management to order the Italian to give way, it was on lap ten that the VR46 driver took the lead.
Struggling with his equipment after a first third of the Grand Prix on the attack, Jack Miller went down and couldn’t resist Marco Bezzecchi on the eleventh lap. From there, the Italian was never seen again by the competition. Johann Zarco, after a complicated start to the race, gradually found his rhythm to move up the hierarchy. After Augusto Fernandez, it was Jack Miller who gave in to the Habs, then fourth. In front of him, the fight raged between Marc Marquez and Jorge Martin.
Bezzecchi untouchable, Zarco handsome third
After two failed attempts, it was on the penultimate lap that the Pramac driver found the fault. Deviating from his trajectory, the Honda rider lost the grip of his front tire and ended the race on the ground. An error which made the public of the Circuit Bugatti howl of joy since it gave a podium to Johann Zarco, who tried to put pressure on his teammate but without taking too many risks. Fabio Quartararo, a time spent in seventh position after a “long lap” penalty for Brad Binder, quickly saw the KTM rider come back on him and regain his good. The fall of Marc Marquez at the very end of the race allows “El Diablo” to finish this Grand Prix de France in a modest seventh place.
At the forefront, it is with more than four seconds in advance that Marco Bezzecchi wins this Grand Prix de France and confirms Ducati’s domination at Le Mans. Indeed, it is the third victory in a row for the Italian manufacturer, which offers itself a new hat-trick. Augusto Fernandez, brilliant since the start of the weekend, finished at the foot of the podium ahead of Aleix Espargaro. With this victory and the retirement of Francesco Bagnaia, Marco Bezzecchi achieved a very good operation in the championship by coming back to within one point of the defending champion, who despite everything left Sarthe as the leader.