MotoGP heads to Le Mans for round five of the championship, in both the Moto3 and Moto2 classes there had been a different winner in each round to this point, but all that was to change in France with Brad Binder eyeing up his target Romano Fenati before moving in to overtake and secure back to back victories.
In Moto2 Alex Rins looked assured once he hit the front with a confident and defensive performance holding off Simone Corsi to the flag.
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Brad Binder won again after his Jerez heroics after rehearsing his turn eleven move over long time leader Romano Fenati,and executing it on the penultimate lap to lead for the final tour of the circuit after a four man battle at the front.
Despite warnings of Binders intentions appearing on his pit board, KTM’s Fenati found himself pushed back to second for the Sky Racing VR46 team.
The Estrella Galicia Honda riders were the other pair battling in the lead group, with Jorge Navarro taking a podium finish ahead of Aron Canetwho lost out after a final lunge, but was top rookie performer in fourth.
The Second Sky Racing VR46 bike cross the line was piloted by another rookie, Nicolo Bulega in fifth crossing the finish line ahead of the top home rider Fabio Quartararo in sixth for Leopard.
The final Sky bike, with Andrea Migno aboard, finished in seventh, making up ten places on his qualifying position.
Pole man Niccolo Antonelli took eighth for Ongetta-Rivacold, a much needed finish after two consecutive DNF’s.
A run off track hindered Jakub Kornfeil but the Drive M7 SIC rider recovered for ninth, Andrea Locatelli took tenth for Leopard Racing.
The remaining points on offer went to Livio Loi (RW Racing GP BV) in eleventh, Francesco Bagnaia, the top Mahindra for Aspar in 12th, Juanfran Guevara (RBA) in 13th, Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) in 14th and Tatsuki Suzuki (CIP) in 15th .
Not far behind them a long duel for 19th was won by French rider Alexis Masbou for the French Peugeot team. His Saxoprint team-mate John McPhee finished just behind him with Maria Herrera, now self run and funded also joining in the battle for a finish in 21st.
Karel Hanika, Adam Norrodin,Jules Danilo, Philipp Oettl, Darryn Binder, Hiroki Ono, wild-card Enzo Boulom and Gabriel Rodrigo all failed to finish. Davide Pizzolo and Enea Bastianini both missed the race through injury.
Tom Luthi got a fast start in Moto2 but it was to be Alex Rins who had the pace to run at the front, with only Simone Corsi following to provide a challenge to the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider.
The Spaniard had an answer to all the Speed Up riders challenges, and held then increased his lead in a dominant performance to the flag, taking the championship lead in the process.
Corsi was a clear second with Interwetten rider Luthi controlling his bike well enough to hold on to the final podium spot.
Franco Morbidelli impressed as he battled to fourth for Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team, holding off first challenger Lorenzo Baldassarri and then an approaching Taka Nakagami, who finished fifth.
Sam Lowes worked had to climb up to sixth for Gresini, but was also aided by the fallers ahead of him.
AGR Team racer Axel Pons won his battle to the line over Petronas Raceline Malaysia’s Hafizh Syahrin for seventh.
Miguel Oliveira was top rookie in ninth for Leopard, beating Luis Salom over the line. The SAG rider has been in the points every round so far and continued that trend in tenth.
QMMF rider Xavier Simeon finished eleventh in his 100th start, rookie Luca Marini held his own with everyone to 14th in contention for ninth place to finish twelfth for Forward Racing.
Interwetten rider Dominique Aegerter faded to 13th Marcel Schrotter took 14th for AGR and Xavi Vierge took the final point on offer for the French Tech 3 Team at home.
Britain’s Danny Kent finished ten places and over 15 seconds behind his Leopard team-mate Oliveira.
Reigning champion Johann Zarco fell but remounted in front of his home crowd for 24th. Also failing to go the distance were MotoGP bound Jonas Folger, the first to fall, Julian Simon and Alex Marquez, while front-runner Baldassarri also remounted for 17th.
Sandro Cortese missed the race with injury, Edgar Pons also sat the round out through illness.
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