Vinales Victorious after Last Lap Rossi Crash

Maverick Vinales - Photo Credit: Movistar Yamaha

Maverick Vinales claimed a dramatic win in the French Grand Prix after two errors on the final lap saw victory slip through Valentino Rossi’s fingers. The Italian looked to have overcome the challenge of his younger teammate before sliding wide halfway around the last lap, letting Vinales through into the lead, before crashing out altogether four corners from home.

With over 100,000 French fans already creating a sensational atmosphere, Johann Zarco triggered deafening cheers by grabbing the lead into the Dunlop chicane on lap one. Hopes of a fairy-tale home victory looked to be fading when Vinales regained the advantage on lap seven but Johann continued to hold his own in a leading group also containing Rossi and Marc Marquez.

Four would become three with eleven laps remaining as Marquez lost the front end of his Honda at turn one, causing his second retirement in the first five races. As a result, Yamaha looked on course for a podium lockout but Rossi had no intentions of finishing at the back of the group, overtaking Zarco for second on lap 22.

The drama really began with four laps to go as Rossi, who had been setting lap records in his pursuit of Vinales, grabbed the lead for the first time at Dunlop. Maverick refused to accept defeat though and at Garage Vert on the last lap, the pressure told as Rossi slid wide to allow him back through. Desperate to repair the damage, Rossi overstepped the limit at turn eleven and crashed out of second spot, giving Vinales a clear run to the finish.

With Rossi unable to re-join, Zarco inherited a hugely popular second while Dani Pedrosa stormed through from thirteenth on the grid to finish third on the sole remaining Repsol Honda. Andrea Dovizioso saw off Cal Crutchlow for fourth while Jorge Lorenzo was another rider to make huge progress from a lowly grid position, rising from sixteenth to sixth.

Jonas Folger took seventh on a terrific day for Tech 3 with Jack Miller, Loris Baz and Andrea Iannone completing the top ten.


2017 HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France: Race Result

125. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP43:29.79325
25. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+3.13420
326. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team+7.71716
44. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team+11.22313
535. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda+13.51911
699. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team+24.00210
794. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+25.7339
843. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS+32.6038
976. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing+45.7847
1029. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR+48.3326
1153. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS+50.0365
1244. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing+52.6614
1338. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing+53.1793
1422. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+55.4322
1550. Sylvain GuintoliSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR+1:06.8781
NC46. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+1 Lap
NC41. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+5 Laps
NC93. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team+11 Laps
NC9. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing+11 Laps
NC45. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing+21 Laps
NC17. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team+23 Laps
NC8. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing+25 Laps
NC19. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team+28 Laps