MotoGP 2018 French GP Race Results: Marc Marquez takes championship lead, hometown hero Johann Zarco crashes out!

MotoGP French GP 2018 Results: A comfortable victory for the Championship leader Marc Marquez, as Johann Zarco, the Frenchman favoured winning this GP had a traumatic low-side on lap eight, where the crowd fell absolutely silent. Rossi broke a bad spell to finish in third place behind Danilo Petrucci

By: | Updated: May 20, 2018 7:20 PM

MotoGP French GP 2018 Results: It was Honda’s Marc Marquez who pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the hat to take a masterclass victory at the French GP reminding everyone why he is one of the strongest contenders on the grid. However, for home-town hero Johann Zarco a perfect weekend came to a crashing halt for the Frenchman as he crashed out on lap 7. This comes after a weekend spent piping Honda’s Marc Marquez to pole position. Leaving fans slightly disappointed at missing what had the potential to be one of those historic MotoGP dogfights between the Frenchmen and the Spaniard.

While Marquez took his 38th win in the premier class, almost unchallenged, the dark horse on the podium was Ducati Pramac Racings, Danilo Petrucci who took 2nd place turning out one of his most consistent performances to date. While Movistar Yamaha Valentino Rossi came out of a dry spell to take the third place on the podium. As for the fans in France, dreaming of an all-French victory after Zarco blazed a record-breaking pole position in qualifying, saw there dream literally hit the gravel as Zarco slid out on his Tech Yamaha on lap 7.

Finishing in an impressive fourth place the Australian Jack Miller showed his mature side working his way up the grid from a seventh place start. The win sees Marquez now carve out a more than comfortable championship lead of 36 points in a race that saw both his championship rivals, Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Johann Zarco crash out. Although, at race start it might have seemed like Jorge Lorenzo had everything going for him, making a storming getaway as the lights turned. His pace seemed to fade as the race went on being relegated further and further down the pack.

Dani Pedrosa too got past Lorenzo’s fading Ducati to take fifth place on his Repsol Honda, while Maverick Vinales whose win at Le Mans last year got him to the limelight, settled for 7th place. Although that now puts him in a comfortable second place in the year's riders tally.

Cal Crutchlow also put on a brilliant show returning from a nasty high-side crash in qualifying to claim the eighth place for LCR Honda ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Suzuki’s Alex Rins – with Andrea Iannone crashing out of the race on the opening lap.

193Marc MarquezHonda2741'49.77316225
29Danilo PetrucciDucati2741'52.0832.312.31161.920
346Valentino RossiYamaha2741'55.1235.353.04161.716
443Jack MillerDucati2741'56.0876.3140.964161.613
526Dani PedrosaHonda2741'57.1927.4191.105161.611
699Jorge LorenzoDucati2742'00.12810.3552.936161.410
725Maverick ViñalesYamaha2742'13.53123.75813.403160.59
835Cal CrutchlowHonda2742'15.56825.7952.037160.48
941Aleix EspargaroAprilia2742'15.97926.2060.411160.47
1042Alex RinsSuzuki2742'17.71027.9371.731160.26
1144Pol EspargaroKTM2742'22.07732.3044.3671605
1255Hafizh SyahrinYamaha2742'24.73534.9622.658159.84
1321Franco MorbidelliHonda2742'27.65437.8812.919159.63
1438Bradley SmithKTM2742'28.07238.2990.418159.62
1530Takaaki NakagamiHonda2742'31.75941.9863.687159.41
1612Thomas LuthiHonda2742'35.03345.263.274159.2
1717Karel AbrahamDucati2742'46.64556.87211.612158.4
1810Xavier SimeonDucati2743'01.8901'12.11715.245157.5
dnf45Scott ReddingAprilia1015'50.27617 laps17 laps158.5Accident
dnf53Tito RabatDucati1017'02.37717 laps1'12.101147.3Retirement
dnf5Johann ZarcoYamaha813'33.01319 laps2 laps148.2Retirement
dnf4Andrea DoviziosoDucati46'15.86023 laps4 laps160.3Accident
dnf19Alvaro BautistaDucati11'41.09626 laps3 laps149Accident
dnf29Andrea IannoneSuzuki0Accident



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