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MotoGP: French GP. Marc Marquez takes his third victory in a row as championship rivals falter.

Marc Marquez had a great French GP, taking a commanding 36 point lead in the championship as home favourite Zarco ends up with heartache and his main championship rival ends up in the gravel.

The race started for the second race weekend in the row with Jorge Lorenzo getting the hole-shot aboard his Factory Ducati bike with Zarco, Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci and Marquez following closely behind, all of the 24 MotoGP riders managed to get through the infamous Dunlop Chicane with no issues as they all managed to tightly squeeze though.

It didn’t take long for Ducati Team rider Dovizioso to join his team mate at the front of the race with the two Ducatis opening a small gap to third place, however on just the fourth lap of the race Dovizioso took the lead from Lorenzo, only to dramatically lose the front end into the downhill braking zone of La Chapelle, ending the Italian’s race and costing him yet more championship points.

This promoted home town hero and pole man Zarco into second much to the fans delight, however Marquez managed to snatch second place off Zarco on lap seven, then on lap eight at turn eight, Garage Vert where Johann Zarco had crashed during morning warm up, the Frenchman crashed again bringing heartache to the 105,000 strong crowd hoping for a home win, this promoted third place qualifier Petrucci back to his starting position and back into the hunt for the win.

On the tenth lap Marquez hit the lead which was his championship rivals’ worst nightmare, Lorenzo was yet again starting to struggle as he couldn’t live with his compatriot his rhythm disturbed by the Honda man.

Alma Pramac Ducati rider Petrucci followed Marquez through on lap eleven and Movistar Yamaha man Valentino Rossi followed him through two laps later, with Lorenzo yet again unable to hang on to the leaders.

Right behind Rossi was Petrucci’s team-mate and Argentina pole sitter Jack Miller who was yet again top Ducati GP17 rider.

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Renowned MotoGP tough man Cal Crutchlow yet again showed his worth, after his spectacular crash during Q1 and an overnight stay in hospital with little sleep due to regular blood tests and clearly in a lot of pain getting on and off the bike, he somehow from 13th on the grid managed to wrestle his Castrol LCR Honda to an excellent eighth place.

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Maverick Vinales struggled yet again early on in the race but his late race pace was yet again a lot stronger and he managed to salvage seventh place, and now sits in second place in the world championship.

Father to be Aleix Espargaro managed to get his Gresini Aprillia up into the top ten with a brilliant ride to tenth with a late battle against Crutchlow and Vinales.

Despite all the drama off the track at Marc VDS rookie sensation Franco Morbidelli had a excellent race running in eighth place early in the race, showing just why he is reigning Moto2 world champion, however he eventually dropped back and finished in 13th place picking up more points.

As the race come to the closing stages Petrucci had to admit defeat to the world champion who yet again rode an (almost) faultless race, as Marquez was the only rider on the grid to choose the Michelin hard compound, a gamble that clearly paid off for the Repsol Honda sensation.

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Fan favourite and MotoGP veteran Rossi managed to score his first podium since the opening race in Qatar, with Mugello up next and Yamaha having already tested there last week does this mean there is a resurgence in The Doctor’s form? We will have all the latest from Mugello here at Overtake Motorsport.

You can find the race results here.

You can find the championship standings here.

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