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OM Opinions: Our riders of the day in Le Mans.

There were several talking points in the French GP, from riders establishing dominance over their rivals this early in the season to maiden winners and podium men. Our MotoGP team picked our standout riders from each class.

Moto3 correspondent Josie Smith:

Moto3: Albert Arenas. He came from sixth place to what should have been second. He kept out of trouble and didn’t put a foot wrong. He fully deserved a podium, and the win after the DiGiannantonio’s penalty. He’s come back from that horrible crash at the start of the season to show he knows what he’s doing.

Moto2: Joan Mir. He was aggressive, he was calculated, he knew what he wanted and was he hell going to let anyone else have that podium.

MotoGP: Marc Marquez. What can I say? The man is a machine. There was no catching him unless you had a rocket on your bike.

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Moto2 correspondent Jacob Ward:

Moto3: Fabio DiGiannanantonio. He rode an absolutely faultless race apart from one incident where I felt he was pushed, not where he personally made a mistake, taking a ‘shortcut’ which proved to be his undoing for the win. He kept his head when many others around him didn’t, and deserved to take the the win. He will have gained a lot of fans for the heart he showed today. But I must also mention Arenas, after a hellish couple of years he has proven the talent we all know he has.

Moto2: Xavi Vierge. Close for me but Vierge. To start stone dead last and recover to fifth in a field this stacked with talent just edges him for the rider of the day for me. But it was very close as I also wanted to include the ever classy Joan Mir, and also the utterly fantastic Stefano Manzi on his Suter. They all deserve plaudits because each of them were brilliant in their own way.

MotoGP: Danilo Petrucci. It’s crunch time in terms of contracts now. Some riders wilt under the pressure, but not Petrux. He was bullish in his race today, proving he deserves to replace Jorge Lorenzo in the factory Ducati team, and sending out a statement to Jack Miller that he will not roll over and allow the seat to be his without a fight. He has already seen off one teammate in the Pramac team in Scott Redding, and I feel he deserves the seat the most. Nobody could catch Marquez, but Petrucci deeply impressed me today.

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MotoGP correspondent Nat Jarvis:

Moto3: Fabio DiGiannantonio. He left everyone else knock each other off and picked up the pieces, and got in my opinion an undeserved penalty (which doesn’t reflect on Arenas’ equally superb result) and also a big shout out to Jakob Kornfeil who had the mother of all saves. He out Marquez’ed Marquez with that.

Moto2: Joan Mir, Stefano Manzi and Xavi Vierge. Really tough for me, I’m torn between Mir for a well calculated maiden podium, Stefano Manzi getting a top ten after some awful luck in recent races and Vierge for going from last on the grid to finishing a few seconds behind his team mate in fifth. So they are all my riders of the day.

MotoGP: Valentino Rossi. Today it was hot. Really hot. And thats plays against the Yamaha, but he proved he is yet again a Sunday man by putting it third, which makes you forget he is 39. He is showing his worth by regularly beating his team mate Vinales, and if Yamaha solve the problems with the bike can he be a title contender? Absolutely in my opinion.

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Time to go to Mugello next, who will impress us the most there? Find out here on Overtake Motorsport.

You can find our Moto3 report here, our Moto2 report here and our MotoGP report here.

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