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MotoGP World Championship, French Grand Prix, Le Mans 201722.05.2017


Morbidelli Makes His Move

Victim of a fall in Spain while leading the race, Franco Morbidelli got back on the right track on the Le Mans circuit. Winner for the fourth time of the season, the Italian confirmed his status as leader of the pack.

The Races

Clocking up the best time in the race, Franco Morbidelli made a strong impression on the Bugatti circuit. Facing Tom Lüthi, seen as favourite on a circuit that the Swiss biker likes particularly well, the rider for Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS never gave up. On the contrary. Taking first place in the first lap, Morbidelli didn’t allow Lüthi to leave in the shade for long. The Italian set the pace through to the finish line to finally win with a lead of almost two seconds over Francesco Bagnaia. Alex Marquez finished fourth, at the foot of the podium after crossing swords with Tom Lüthi throughout the second half of the race.

In MotoGP, Jack Miller and Tito Rabat both finished scoring points. The Australian ranks eighth after a bad fall during the practice test sessions while Rabat took a well-earned eleventh place after taking the start from the last line of the starting grid. In Moto3 Kornfeil scored his first points of the season by finishing eleventh and Pulkkinen ranked twenty-third in a race reduced to sixteen laps.

The Championship

Of the four races he has finished this season, Morbidelli has never let victory slip from his grasp. In spite of his Did Not Finish in Jerez, the Italian now holds the first place in the overall Moto2 standings with a twenty-point lead over Lüthi. Alex Marquez continues to rise up the ranks. The Spaniard now occupies the third place at eighteen points from the Swiss rider. In MotoGP, Jack Miller has climbed back to tenth position while Tito Rabat has taken two places. He is now seventeenth after five events. Kornfeil has made it to the Moto3 championship standings for the first time. The Peugeot rider now occupies the twenty-fourth position.

The Background

If he hoped for a better result in the race, Jack Miller was talk of the town during the free practice sessions of the Grand Prix of France, the fifth leg in the MotoGP world championship. Clocking up the best time during the first day of the free practice sessions with a lead of more than one second over Marc Marquez and Johann Zarco, and third time in the aggregates for the first three free sessions, qualifying directly for Q2, the rider of Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS was also the victim of a highly spectacular accident during the FP4. Miller lost control of his Honda RC213V at the entry to the Dunlop chicane at over 200 km/h. His machine slid forward and then straightened up before racing outside the track.

 It was scary to see, Jack hit the wall at 190 km/h with barely enough time to jump off his bike before it was dislocated.

Michael Bartholemy,
Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS Manager

The Australian miraculously escaped with simple contusions to a hand and knee. It did not prevent him from immediately taking part in the qualifying session. Nor the next day, from winning a heroic eighth place