Races – Report and results of the French MotoGP Grand Prix –

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MotoGP French Grand Prix report and results

Races - Report and results of the MotoGP French Grand Prix -

Maverick Viñales delivers a double blow at Le Mans by taking the victory from pole position and regaining the lead in the MotoGP standings from Valentino Rossi, who fell on the last lap under pressure from his teammate.

The other big winner of this 2017 French GP is Johann Zarco, superb second on his private Yamaha ahead of the official Honda of Dani Pedrosa! Report and results.

Experience has traditionally been one of the cardinal virtues in motorcycle racing… But the 2017 MotoGP French Grand Prix proves that an experienced rider can also sin out of excitement in the face of the speed associated with youth. This demonstration was manifested at Le Mans by the crash in the very last lap of Valentino Rossi, who rushed too quickly to overtake his young teammate Maverick Viñales..

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This fall occurred when the Doctor had given everything to recover and then overtake Viñales, who had started from pole. But the 22-year-old Spaniard had kept one last round which he fired in the last moments, overtaking his 38-year-old teammate who almost immediately went to the fault by keeping in the wake at No.25…

Obviously, the nine-time Italian world champion wanted to prove his ability to stand up to his new team-mate, probably also to curb his frustration at leading the championship without having won a race so far….

Forzarco !

But if the French public was amazed by this completely unpredictable outcome, it is also and above all the second place of Johann Zarco which triggered the cheers of the fans in the stands, whose number is considered 5% higher than the attendance of last year (104,000 spectators, according to the organizer)! Starting off like a cannon ball, the French prodigy made life hard for the official Yamaha, before slowing down slightly to spare his tires softer than his rivals (soft front-rear Vs Medium for Rossi and Viñales).

"On the starting grid, the Michelin technicians advised us to opt for a harder rubber, but we remained faithful to our strategy", reports with satisfaction Guy Coulon, chief mechanic of Johann Zarco. And for good reason: Johann had completed 27 laps the day before with these Soft tires, which allowed the team to validate this daring choice. ! 

Propelled second by the fall of Rossi, the n ° 5 takes his first MotoGP podium in just five races, after finishing twice 5th and then 4th in Jerez: an astounding run for the Yamaha Tech3 rider, who signs the first French podium at Le Mans since Christian Sarron in 1987 ! 

 “A fantastic race,” enthuses Johann. “I got off to a good start, but it wasn’t easy staying with Viñales trying to hold onto my tires. Then he passed me and Rossi too, and I was hoping then to enjoy a fight or a fall to get back on them, because why not I dreamed of a victory. And Valentino fell… I am super happy and proud for my audience! "

This same public can be delighted with the 9th place of Loris Baz, who wore a specific helmet in tribute to the French pilot Anthony Delhalle, t Sylvain Guintoli’s 15th place is also to be greeted, since the Drôme resident who lives in Great Britain marks a update on Alex Rins’ Suzuki that he replaces! What to compensate for the fact that "Guinto" finishes last, more than a minute from the winner …

The results of the championship

Thanks to this victory, his third of the season and Yamaha’s 500th since 1963, Viñales regains control of the provisional championship with 85 points ahead of… Dani Pedrosa (68 pts)! The Catalan climbed back up the standings thanks to his third place at Le Mans, and the falls of Rossi and Marquez, who fell from the front at the start of the race. Valentino Rossi, who recorded his first white result of the season, fell to third place, with 62 points, 23 less than Viñales.

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2017 MotoGP French Grand Prix results

  1. 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 161.6 43’29.793
  2. 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 161.4 +3.134
  3. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 161.1 +7.717
  4. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 160.9 +11.223
  5. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 160.8 +13.519
  6. 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 160.1 +24.002
  7. 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 160.0 +25.733
  8. 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 159.6 +32.603
  9. 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 158.8 +45.784
  10. 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 158.7 +48.332
  11. 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 158.5 +50.036
  12. 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 158.4 +52.661
  13. 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 158.4 +53.179
  14. 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 158.2 +55.432
  15. 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 157.6 + 1’06.878

Not classified

  • 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 161.6 (1 lap)
  • 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 159.8 (5 laps)
  • 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 160.9 (11 laps)
  • 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 159.7 (11 laps)
  • 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 149.1 (21 laps)
  • 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati 151.4 (23 laps)
  • 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 153.6 (25 laps)
  • Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati (0 lap)

Provisional classification of the MotoGP World Championship

  1. Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA (85 points)
  2. Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA (68 points)
  3. Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA (62 points)
  4. Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA (58 points)
  5. Johann ZARCO Yamaha FRA (55 points)
  6. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA (54 points)
  7. Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR (40 points)
  8. Jorge LORENZO Ducati SPA (38 points)
  9. Jonas FOLGER Yamaha GER (38 points)
  10. Jack MILLER Honda AUS (29 points)
  11. Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA (26 points)
  12. Scott REDDING Ducati GBR (26 points)
  13. Loris BAZ Ducati FRA (19 points)
  14. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia SPA (17 points)
  15. Andrea IANNONE Suzuki ITA (15 points)
  16. Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati SPA (14 points)
  17. Tito RABAT Honda SPA (13 points)
  18. Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA (12 points)
  19. Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE (9 points)
  20. Alex RINS Suzuki SPA (7 points)
  21. Pol ESPARGARO KTM SPA (6 points)
  22. Bradley SMITH KTM GBR (6 points)
  23. Sam LOWES Aprilia GBR (2 points)
  24. Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki FRA (1 point)
  25. Takuya TSUDA Suzuki JPN

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