Sprint race winner Jorge Martin

MotoGP News: Martin wins Le Mans Sprint race from Marquez

Ducati rider Jorge Martin extended his MotoGP championship lead after dominating the French Grand Prix sprint from Marc Marquez on a year-old Ducati.

Marquez (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) pulled off an awesome comeback to thread through to second from P13 on the grid, with Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) completing the Sprint podium.

It was a stunning start from Martin to take the holeshot, and the exact opposite for Bagnaia as he plummeted from second to mid-pack, seemingly with some sort of issue too. Meanwhile, some friendly-fire – within the limit – between the Aprilias added another shuffle, and with that, it was Marco Bezzecchi (Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team) slotting into second on the chase behind Martin.

Meanwhile, as Bagnaia went backwards, Marc Marquez was storming forwards. The number 93 threaded the needle to perfection off the start and was into fifth within a few corners. Within a few laps, the number #93 was the rider on the chase behind the Martin-Bezzecchi duel at the front.

Aleix Espargaro was then the next to drop out of that front battle as his start proved too good to be true, given a double Long Lap for the jump start. The drama then amped up again for Bagnaia just behind that, as he ran wide from the back of the field. Something was definitely wrong for the #1 as he then headed into the pitlane. The reigning Champion was out of the Sprint.

That left Martin leading Bezzecchi leading Marquez, with Viñales next up. A gaggle of Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo Team), Fabio Di Giannantonio (Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team), Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Tech3), Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) had the gloves off too, and Espargaro then rejoined in their midst.

Suddenly, there was more drama at the front. Yellow flashed across the run off at Turn 9 as Bezzecchi slid out from that second place, leaving Marquez on the chase behind Martin. The gap between the two was now at over two seconds, however, and the clock was counting down. The Sprint King was on his way to another Saturday stunner, and he got the job done in style to capitalize on a tough Sprint for Bagnaia.

Behind Martin’s impressive charge at the front, Marquez took second after an awesome comeback ride from P13 on the grid, with Viñales holding onto third in the last laps as Bastianini put in a late charge for glory. The ‘Beast’ had to settle for fourth.

Espargaro recovered from his double Long Lap to finish fifth, with Acosta taking a solid sixth and putting in a final corner save. Di Giannantonio held off Miller for seventh, with Raul Fernandez (Trackhouse Racing) taking the final point on Saturday… just marginally ahead of home hero Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™).

Race Results

Pos. Pts Rider Team Gap
1 12 89J. Martin Prima Pramac Racing +0.000
2 9 93M. Marquez Gresini Racing MotoGP™ +2.280
3 7 12M. Viñales Aprilia Racing +4.174
4 6 23E. Bastianini Ducati Lenovo Team +4.798
5 5 41A. Espargaro Aprilia Racing +7.698
6 4 31P. Acosta Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 +9.185
7 3 49F. Di Giannantonio Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team +11.190
8 2 43J. Miller Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +11.516
9 1 25R. Fernandez Trackhouse Racing +12.257
10  0 20F. Quartararo Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™ +12.699
11  0 88M. Oliveira Trackhouse Racing +13.492
12  0 21F. Morbidelli Prima Pramac Racing +15.578
13  0 5J. Zarco LCR Honda +16.439
14  0 73A. Marquez Gresini Racing MotoGP™ +16.816
15  0 33B. Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +16.969
16  0 30T. Nakagami LCR Honda +19.123
17  0 37A. Fernandez Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 +23.618
18  0 10L. Marini Repsol Honda Team +27.854
DNF  0 72M. Bezzecchi Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team 9 laps
DNF  0 42A. Rins Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™ 6 laps
DNF  0 36J. Mir Repsol Honda Team 4 laps
DNF  0 1F. Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo Team 3 laps
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