Morbidelli Beats Brave Bagnaia at Le Mans

Franco Morbidelli - Photo Credit: EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Franco Morbidelli quickly put the disappointment of Jerez behind him by winning the French Grand Prix at Le Mans. The championship leader crashed out of the lead in Spain two weeks ago but made no such mistake this time despite race-long pressure from the sensational rookie Francesco Bagnaia.

Given his previous record around Le Mans, many were expecting Thomas Luthi to convert pole position into victory and the Swiss rider took the fight to Morbidelli in the early going. His chances faded on lap eight though when he was forcefully pushed aside by the Italian at La Chapelle, opening the door for Bagnaia and Alex Marquez to follow through.

With Luthi now embroiled in a battle for the final rostrum spot with Marquez, Morbidelli’s only remaining threat came from his compatriot on the Sky VR46 Kalex and to his credit, Francesco matched the race leader stride for stride as they pulled clear of Luthi and Marquez. Ultimately though, ‘Pecco’ was forced to give best as Morbidelli eased to his fourth win in five races.

Luthi won his battle with Marquez for third with the Jerez winner settling for fourth, a strong result having broken a bone in his foot on Saturday morning. Mattia Pasini finished a lonely fifth ahead of Dominique Aegerter on the leading Suter with Takaaki Nakagami recovering from eighteenth on the grid to finish seventh, edging out Speed Up’s Simone Corsi and Tech 3’s Xavi Vierge.


Moto2 HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France – Race Result

121. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS42:17.55725
242. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR46+1.71420
312. Thomas LuthiKalexCarXpert Interwetten+5.83716
473. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+6.21213
554. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+13.53711
677. Dominique AegerterSuterKiefer Racing+14.94510
730. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+16.4139
824. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+16.6818
997. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing+17.1637
1068. Yonny HernandezKalexAGR Team+17.6056
1155. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+22.5285
1223. Marcel SchrotterSuterDynavolt Intact GP+22.9094
1388. Ricard CardusKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+23.8013
1411. Sandro CorteseSuterDynavolt Intact GP+24.3222
1549. Axel PonsKalexRW Racing GP+25.9591
1619. Xavier SimeonKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+26.116
1744. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+26.394
1840. Fabio QuartararoKalexPons HP 40+26.846
195. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+28.506
2087. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing+48.794
2145. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexTeluru SAG Team+49.354
2289. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+49.680
232. Jesko RaffinKalexCarXpert Interwetten+49.913
2447. Axel BassaniSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+1:03.235
2557. Edgar PonsKalexPons HP 40+1:03.801
NC32. Isaac VinalesKalexBE-A-VIP SAG Team+1 Lap
NC6. Tarran MackenzieSuterKiefer Racing+5 Laps
NC7. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team+9 Laps
NC9. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+18 Laps
NC62. Stefano ManziKalexSky Racing Team VR46+19 Laps
NC10. Luca MariniKalexForward Team+26 Laps
NS27. Iker LecuonaKalexGarage Plus InterwettenInjured