2018 Le Mans MotoGP Results | French GP Recap

2018 Le Mans MotoGP Results Yamaha Valentino Rossi
Yamaha's Valentino Rossi

2018 Le Mans MotoGP Results

When European riders are discussed in MotoGP, the Spaniards and Italians get most of the attention.

Since joining the premier-class ranks in 2017, Johann Zarco has brought France into the mix. The lone French rider headed into his home race at the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit with much energy, not only due to riding before a home crowd, but also because two weeks ago he secured second in Jerez.

2018 Le Mans MotoGP Results Johann Zarco Yamaha
Yamaha’s Johann Zarco

Zarco also entered Le Mans – where he claimed his first premier-class podium in 2017 – 12 points behind the series leader, Respol Honda’s Marc Marquez. He then further built on the energy Saturday by claiming the pole.

To the crowd’s dismay, though, Zarco crashed out while in second, sandwiched between early leader Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) and Marquez at the Turn 8 with 20 of 27 laps to go.

Two laps later Marquez was in the lead, and did what he does best – stayed out front to the checkered flag to earn his 38th-career MotoGP victory, tying him with the now-retired Casey Stoner.

2018 Le Mans MotoGP Results Honda's Marc Marquez
Honda’s Marc Marquez

When 2018 Le Mans MotoGP results were in, Marquez, who started from second on the grid, was joined on the overall podium by Alma Pramac Racing Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi.

This was Marquez’s third-straight win, allowing him to increase his lead in the championship after five of 19 rounds. Marquez now has 95 points – 36 ahead of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Vinales.

2018 Le Mans MotoGP Results Ducati Danilo Petrucci
Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci

When the race began, Marquez got the holeshot, but lost it to Lorenzo, who quickly took off and was chased down by Zarco. Marquez fell back behind Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso and Petrucci, with Rossi in tow.

After a bad start, Zarco was able to challenge the early leader Lorenzo, who has a record five wins at Le Mans.

2018 Le Mans MotoGP Results Yamaha Valentino Rossi
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi

Once Zarco crashed, it took Marquez only two more laps to get into the lead. From there, he remained out front as those behind fought for the remaining podium positions. Petrucci and Rossi did the same, and both Italians remained out front, riding consistently and able to claim the second and third podium positions, respectively.

Lorenzo also lost two more places, finishing sixth behind Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa in fifth, and Alma Pramac Racing Ducati’s Jack Miller in fourth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Vinales; LCR Honda Castrol’s Cal Crutchlow, who rode after being hospitalized Saturday following a nasty high side during qualifying; Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaro; and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins.

2018 Le Mans MotoGP Results Cal Crutchlow Honda
Honda’s Cal Crutchlow

Besides Zarco, two other notable front-runners crashed out – Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Andrea Iannone (on first lap) and Dovizioso on lap five.

The series no breaks for two weeks ahead of the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, where Dovizioso claimed the win ahead of Vinales and Petrucci.

2018 Le Mans MotoGP Results:

Pos.RiderTime
1Marc Marquez41’49.773
2Danilo Petrucci00’02.310
3Valentino Rossi00’05.350
4Jack Miller00’06.314
5Daniel Pedrosa00’07.419
6Jorge Lorenzo00’10.355
7Maverick Viñales00’23.758
8Cal Crutchlow00’25.795
9Aleix Espargaro00’26.606
10Alex Rins00’27.397
11Pol Espargaro00’32.304
12Hafizh Syahrin00’34.962
13Franco Morbidelli00’37.881
14Bradley Smith00’38.299
15Takaaki Nakagami00’41.986
16Thomas Luthi00’45.260
17Karel Abraham00’56.872
18Xavier Simeon01’12.117
19Scott Redding17 laps
20Tito Rabat17 laps
21Johann Zarco19 laps
22Andrea Dovizioso23 laps
23Alvaro Bautista26 laps

 

2018 MotoGP Point Standings (after five of 19 rounds):

Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints
1Marc MARQUEZHondaSPA95
2Maverick VIÑALESYamahaSPA59
3Johann ZARCOYamahaFRA58
4Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA56
5Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiITA54
6Jack MILLERDucatiAUS49
7Andrea IANNONESuzukiITA47
8Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaGBR46
9Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA46
10Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA29
11Tito RABATDucatiSPA24
12Alex RINSSuzukiSPA22
13Pol ESPARGAROKTMSPA18
14Jorge LORENZODucatiSPA16
15Franco MORBIDELLIHondaITA16
16Aleix ESPARGAROApriliaSPA13
17Hafizh SYAHRINYamahaMAL13
18Alvaro BAUTISTADucatiSPA12
19Takaaki NAKAGAMIHondaJPN10
20Mika KALLIOKTMFIN6
21Scott REDDINGApriliaGBR5
22Bradley SMITHKTMGBR5
23Karel ABRAHAMDucatiCZE1
24Thomas LUTHIHondaSWI
25Xavier SIMEONDucatiBEL