MotoGP: Lorenzo wins French crash-fest

Lorenzo race day
Lorenzo proved why he’s world champion this weekend. Photo: Yamaha MotoGP

Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo dominated in France this weekend to take the victory in stunning style ahead of team-mate Valentino Rossi as only 13 riders finished the race.

Leaving the fifth round of MotoGP leading the championship standings, Lorenzo got a stunning start from pole position and never looked back from the first corner. Drama unfolded behind the Spaniard however as the opening lap saw plenty of overtakes as the riders began to settle into their positions.

Ducati Factory team-mates Andrea Dovizoso and Andrea Iannone were the two riders to stay up with Lorenzo under the French sun and it looked as if they may be able to challenge for the victory, but Iannone’s dreams came crashing down as he slipped out of second position with 17 laps to go. 

As Lorenzo continued to pull out a gap on Dovizioso in second, the Italian was being hunted down by Marc Marquez and Rossi for the final podium spots. Clearly having a strong pace and recovering from a bad start, Rossi was able to get past the pair in order to get into second position in an attempt to hunt down his team-mate.

The three began to chase down Lorenzo and in what can only be described as shocking display of events, both Marquez and Dovizioso simultaneously crashed out of the race however both being separate incidents.  With 13 laps remaining we had already lost five riders meaning Marquez was able to remount and ride around to secure vital championship points.

All riders were up and ok and despite it seeming like a high number of crashers it is interesting to note there were seven crashers at the Bugatti circuit last season. It now seemed like a battle to stay on the bike and the two Movistar team-mates crossed the line in first and second, behind a debut podium finisher Maverick Vinales aboard the Suzuki.

Danilo Petrucci produced a heroic ride to take seventh position, as the Italian returns with his healing right wrist aboard the OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati, beating fellow Ducati rider Hector Barbera to the line.

For a full list of results, click here. 

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