MotoGP French GP: Martin Beats Marquez and Bagnaia in Intense Showdown at Le Mans

Marquez clinched yet another podium finish at the French MotoGP, which featured a gripping showdown among three Ducati riders. There were a few prominent names who were unfortunate victims of crashes during the adrenaline-fueled race.

By Divyam Dubey | on May 12, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

At the MotoGP French Grand Prix, Jorge Martin of Pramac Ducati emerged as the winner, securing a strong lead in the championship. Despite their efforts, Marc Marquez and Francesco Bagnaia couldn't catch him. It was an impressive comeback from 13th place for Marquez, who joined the top two riders with seven laps to go. Martin had a slight slip-up three laps before the end, allowing Bagnaia to pass him, with Marquez hot on their heels. Bagnaia briefly took the lead, but Martin swiftly regained control, leading by a small margin. Marquez seized an opportunity to pass Bagnaia on the final lap, finishing just 0.446 seconds behind Martin. Martin celebrated by smashing his screen at the finish line, clinching a remarkable double victory after winning the Sprint race. The day before, Bagnaia had a tough start, but he took the lead from Martin at the beginning of the race. This set the stage for an exciting battle between the two riders.

MotoGP French GP: Race Result

The factory Ducati squad got off to a flying start in the opening lap of the French Grand Prix. But Pecco Bagnaia, the reigning champion, and Jorge Martin, the current leader of the competition, did not spend any time claiming second place. The rivalry between these elite riders intensified as the race progressed, keeping fans enthralled until the very end. 

MotoGP French GP 2024

Even though everyone was looking at the frontrunners, Marc Marquez showed incredible improvement. Despite starting from thirteenth place, Marquez had an exciting clash with Vinales of Aprilia. Marquez skillfully moved up to third place, continuing his chase for the lead. After losing distance to Martin early in the race, Bagnaia was dropped to second place when the Spaniard, sensing an opportunity with five corners to go, made a daring effort to edge past him. 

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Pos Rider Team Time
1 Jorge Martin Pramac Ducati 41m 23.709s
2 Marc Marquez Gresini Ducati +0.446s
3 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo +0.585s
4 Enea Bastianini Ducati Lenovo +2.206s
5 Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing +4.053s
6 Fabio Di Giannantonio VR46 Ducati +9.480s
7 Franco Morbidelli Pramac Ducati +9.868s
8 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM +10.353s
9 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing +11.392s
10 Alex Marquez Gresini Ducati +13.442s
11 Raul Fernandez Trackhouse Aprilia +24.201s
12 Johann Zarco LCR Honda +26.809s
13 Augusto Fernandez Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 +27.426s
14 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda +30.026s
15 Alex Rins Monster Yamaha +30.936s
16 Luca Marini Repsol Honda +40.000s
17 Fabio Quartararo Monster Yamaha DNF
18 Jack Miller Red Bull KTM DNF
19 Miguel Oliveira Trackhouse Aprilia DNF
20 Joan Mir Repsol Honda DNF
21 Marco Bezzecchi VR46 Ducati DNF
22 Pedro Acosta Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 DNF

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Things took an unexpected turn as a chain reaction of sports unfolded behind them. GasGas's Acosta made his first mistake of the season on lap 2, which sent him tumbling down the rankings. The same thing happened to Bezzecchi on lap 3, and then Honda's Joan Mir succumbed to a similar mistake with 12 laps to go. Things intensified when Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo crashed out of contention for sixth place on the subsequent lap.

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