The MotoGP race at Le Mans turned out to be a Marquez riot, despite Jorge Lorenzo’s pole and a strong showing the other Ducati of Dovizioso. Alma Pramac’s Danilo Petrucci came in second with Rossi gaining a welcome third on the podium.

At the outset it looked like Jorge Lorenzo would build on his love affair with Le Mans as he took the hole shot followed by Frenchman Johann Zarco. Marquez found himself behind Petrucci and Dovizioso, with Rossi on his tail. Suzuki Ecstar rider Andrea Iannone was ahead of this melee until he crashed out, opening a gap between the two leaders and the challenging pack.

Then it looked like the battle was between the two Ducati’s and the Yamaha Tech 3 of Zarco, as Dovi built up the challenge till he overshot and found himself in the gravel. On lap eight, Zarco was to also crash out of his home GP after fighting back from an overtake from Marquez.

Two laps later Marquez put in his bid for the lead from Lorenzo, with Petrucci showing his mettle as he followed a lap later. Lorenzo was from that point a victim of the soft rubber on his tyres as both Rossi and Miller fought past and Dani Pedrosa kept up the pressure behind him, managing to overtake him before the finish for a fifth spot ahead of Lorenzo’s sixth.

The other notable ride was from Cal Crutchlow who was battling the pain from a crash on Saturday to fight his way up the order to pip Aleix Espargaro’s Aprilia to eighth spot behind Maverick Viñales on his factory Yamaha.

Marc Marquez said, “I’m particularly happy with this win here in Le Mans, as it’s one of the most difficult tracks for us! Today I was the only one on a hard rear tyre, and that made my approach to the race a bit different because I knew it would take a little more time to reach the right temperature. But during the warm-up, I had the opportunity to verify that once the tyre was ready, it was very constant, and I was able to keep a very good rhythm. To be honest, things were a bit challenging at the beginning of the race: Zarco touched me in the second corner and I went a bit wide, then Iannone crashed and nearly hit me, so I lost some more positions. I decided to cool down for a while. When I saw that Dovi and Johann were out, my approach to the race again changed a bit. At a certain point, I had one big moment in turn three, where I had already crashed in FP3, which is why I was being extremely careful there; I think that helped me to avoid a crash in that moment.”

2018 MotoGP Riders

Bike NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
93Marc MarquezRepsol Honda271298
4Andrea DoviziosoDucati194261
46Valentino RossiMovistar Yamaha172208
25Maverick ViñalesMovistar Yamaha146230
99Jorge LorenzoDucati130137
35Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda128112
9Danilo PetrucciAlma Pramac126124
5Johann ZarcoMonster Yamaha Tech3123174
29Andrea IannoneSuzuki Ecstar11370
42Alex RinsSuzuki Ecstar10259
26Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda87210
43Jack MillerAlma Pramac7482
19Alvaro BautistaAngel Nieto7275
53Tito RabatReale Avintia3535
21Franco MorbidelliEG 0,0 Marc VDS33 
41Aleix EspargaroAprilia3262
44Pol EspargaroRed Bull KTM3255
55Hafizh SyahrinMonster Yamaha Tech328 
38Bradley SmithRed Bull KTM1929
30Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda18 
45Scott ReddingAprilia1264
36Mika KallioRed Bull KTM6
17Karel AbrahamAngel Nieto532
51Michele PirroDucati Test team1
12Thomas LuthiEG 0,0 Marc VDS0 
10Xavier SimeonReale Avintia0 

2018 MotoGP Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Repsol Honda358508
Ducati324398
Movistar Yamaha318438
Suzuki Ecstar215130
Alma Pramac200188
Monster Yamaha Tech3151258
LCR Honda146112
Angel Nieto77107
Red Bull KTM5184
Aprilia4467
Reale Avintia3573
EG 0,0 Marc VDS33117

2018 MotoGP Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
Japan21-Oct   
Thailand7-OctMarc MarquezAndrea DoviziosoMaverick Viñales
Spain (Aragon)23-SepMarc MarquezAndrea DoviziosoAndrea Iannone
Italy9-SepAndrea DoviziosoMarc MarquezCal Crutchlow
Britain26-Aug   
Austria12-AugJorge LorenzoMarc MarquezAndrea Dovizioso
Czech Republic5-AugAndrea DoviziosoJorge LorenzoMarc Marquez
Germany15-JulMarc MarquezValentino RossiMaverick Viñales
Netherlands1-JulMarc MarquezAlex RinsMaverick Viñales
Spain (Catalunya)17-JunJorge LorenzoMarc MarquezValentino Rossi
Italy3-JunJorge LorenzoAndrea DoviziosoValentino Rossi
France20-MayMarc MarquezDanilo PetrucciValentino Rossi
Spain (Jerez)6-MayMarc MarquezJohann ZarcoAndrea Iannone
United States22-AprMarc MarquezMaverick ViñalesAndrea Iannone
Argentina8-AprCal CrutchlowJohann ZarcoAlex Rins
Qatar18-MarAndrea DoviziosoMarc MarquezValentino Rossi
Australia28-Oct   
Malaysia4-Nov   
Spain (Valencia)18-Nov   

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