Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez extended his lead atop the 2019 World Championship after another dominant around Le Mans, giving Honda thier 300th Premier Class victory.
Starting from the pole position, the Spaniard fought off the Ducati trio to take the lead in the opening stages. It wasn’t long before Marquez was passed by the eager Jack Miller going into turns two and three, with the Australian looking very fast on his Pramac Ducati GP19.
Marquez let the Ducati lead for two laps before fighting back, moving under Miller up the top of the hill, Miller kept it hooked up and fought right back, Marquez didn’t give an inch and pushed Miller wide, retaking the lead. This allowed both Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi to close up making it a lead group of four.
Once regaining the lead, Marquez pushed his Repsol Honda and started edging away from Miller and with the Aussie struggling with grip from his rear tyre, Marquez pulled away.
The World Champion consistently pumped out 1:32’s and sat on a lead just under four second to claim his third win in five races and extend his lead atop this years World Championship.
Behind Marquez it was the battle of the factory Ducati’s for the lesser two spots on the podium. Dovizioso was ahead of Petrucci and despite Petrucci’s best efforts, the 04 made his GP19 wide and held off his team-mate.
Jack Miller held off Valentino Rossi for fourth place, with the Italian having to settle for fifth position. Pol Espargaro enjoyed KTM’s best dry finish with a stunning sixth position, holding off the Petronas SRT duo of Franco Morbidelli and the recovering Fabio Quartararo, whose race was ruined by running wide at Garage Vert on lap three.
Cal Crutchlow was ninth with Alex Rins’ damage limitation job seeing him round out the top ten and losing a further twenty points to Marquez in the World Championship. Jorge Lorenzo was eleventh on his RC213V with Johann Zarco benefitting from a penalty to Aleix Espargaro who finished twelfth and thirteenth respectfully. Miguel Oliveira was fourteenth with Hafizh Syahrin rounding out the point scorers.
It was a day to forget for Maverick Vinales with the Spaniard taken out by Pecco Bagnaia early in the race. Both Joan Mir and Karel Abraham suffered the strange fate of crashing on the warm up lap, with the Czech rider black flagged for joining the race illegally on his second bike.