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MotoGP World Championship – French Grand Prix21.05.2018

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Double podium for the Marc VDS riders

Second and third at the finish of the Grand Prix de France, Álex Márquez and Joan Mir gave the Marc VDS team its first double podium of the season.

 

The Races

After the disappointment of the Spanish Grand Prix, the Marc VDS team took the lead during the Moto2 World Championship event held in Le Mans. Álex Márquez and Joan Mir finished second and third in the Grand Prix de France, making it their first twin Grand Prix podium in the intermediate category. Sixth on the grid, Álex Márquez rode the entire race hot on the heels of the future winner, Francesco Bagnaia. Determined not to repeat the error he made in in Jerez, the Spaniard did not tempt fate, preferring to secure a place on the podium, as he had done in Qatar and the United States. In third place, Joan Mir was in the spotlight for scoring his first Moto2 podium. A podium that heralds others. In MotoGP, Franco Morbidelli is back in the points by passing under the checkered flag in thirteenth position. Victim of a fall in the warm-up, Tom Lüthi had to settle for sixteenth place.

The Championship

Taking advantage of his third podium of the season as well as the mistakes made by Pasini and Baldassari, Álex Márquez has moved back to third place in the Moto2 championship. Mir, for his part, remains seventh, but he is only ten points behind the fifth place, Pasini, and only four points behind Virgo in sixth place. In MotoGP, Morbidelli occupies fifteenth place as we end the first third of the season.

The Background

On the podium of his fifth Grand Prix in the Moto2 category, Joan Mir confirmed on the Bugatti circuit that he had the right stuff alright. Like Marc Marquez and Maverick Viñales before him, the Majorcan has not taken long to become one of the strongmen in the intermediate category of the world speed championships. Eleventh in Qatar, seventh in Argentina, fourth in Texas … Joan Mir could certainly have continued his progression on the Jerez circuit if he had not fallen ill during the Spanish Grand Prix. The reigning Moto3 world champion did not slow down for very long. At Le Mans, fourth on the starting grid, he fought it out in the first laps with the two KTMs of Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder before catching up with Francesco Bagnaia and Álex Márquez. Third under the checkered flag, the Spaniard can now concentrate on getting his first success in Moto2. One thing is certain, he should not stay long in the intermediate category. Honda and Suzuki are already making eyes at him for his services in MotoGP.

21.05.2018

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