Ducati’s Jack Miller was one of the many riders who received a double penalty in harsh wet conditions, and the MotoGP French GP was a chaotic battle.
Ducati’s Jack Miller has won the second consecutive season following the Spanish Grand Prix
Jack Miller won the absolutely chaotic MotoGP French GP at Le Mans, which was a flag-to-flag race. Ducati riders overcame two long lap penalties and late charges from Johann Zarco of Pramaci Ducati, with Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo securing the final spot on the podium. The French Grand Prix was the first flag-to-flag race since the 2017 Brno GP after the rain gods were generous in the first half of the race.
The French Grand Prix saw Quartararo in pole position, but Miller in 3rd place got off to a better start and managed to take the lead, followed by Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales and Quartararo. Meanwhile, Honda plant Marc Marquez went up to P4 ahead of LCR rider Takaaki Nakagami. By the second lap, Viñales had moved to take the lead from the mirror and the top three riders were 1.7 seconds away from the rest of the puck.
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The first spell of the shower began to appear on lap 3, Miller bravely maintained momentum and regained the top spot, and Viñales fell to fifth place. However, Quartararo heated Miller’s tail, and the riders fought a fierce battle for leadership. The rider swapped positions on lap 4, and Miller regained the spot after one lap. However, the riders were called into the pits to replace them with wet bikes.
Miller and his teammate Francesco Bagnaia were penalized with two long laps for speeding in the pit lane, and Quartararo was also penalized for a long lap as he stopped on the other side of the Yamaha Box.
This allowed Marquez to lead the race for the first time since Valencia 2019. The rider took a two-second lead over Quartararo and stayed there for a few more laps before reaching the high side in the final corner. He returned in 18th place, but finally crashed again while chasing the grid with 10 laps remaining.
Miller was faster than Quartararo because he returned to the track with Soft and Wet rear tires. Yamaha riders penalized on lap 12, and Miller took advantage of this opportunity to take the lead, creating a gap of up to four seconds on the final stage. The French were unresponsive to the rider and Miller was not threatened until the checkered flag on lap 27.
As the sky cleared towards the end of the race and the track dried, Quartararo’s pace slowed down with great stress on his soft front wet tires, allowing Johann Zarco to catch up with the Factory Yamaha. The rider passed Quartararo on lap 21 and finished second with a 3.970 second gap. During that time, Paul Sitter drifted from the race leader for more than 14 seconds, but remained in a position to deny the spot to Bagnaia.
Tech3KTM’s Danilo Petrucci came in 5th, followed by LCR Honda’s Alex Marquez in 6th, and teammate Nakagami won P7. Repsol Honda’s Pol Espargaro claimed P8 with Tech3KTM’s Iker Lecuona and Viñales rounding up to the top 10 riders.
Valentino Rossi finished on SRT Yamaha’s P11 and Franco Morbidelli recovered to P16 after crashing on the opening lap. Avintia Ducati’s Luca Marini and Enea Basitniani finished in 12th and 14th, respectively, with KTM’s Brad Binder separating the two. Pramac Racing’s Titrabat was one of the last finishers in the race.
The rain-wet French Grand Prix had many crashes, including both Suzuki riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir, and KTM’s Miguel Oliveira. Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro and Lorenzo Savadori were also out of the fight due to mechanical problems.
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Jack Miller overcame a double penalty to win the French Grand Prix in wet conditions
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