Bagnaia Holds Off Marquez at Le Mans


Francesco Bagnaia - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Francesco Bagnaia extended his Moto2 championship lead to 25 points after winning the French Grand Prix at Le Mans. The Sky VR46 rider proved too strong for Alex Marquez after a race-long duel and with nearest title rival Lorenzo Baldassarri crashing out, the MotoGP-bound youngster now has a race win in hand at the top of the standings.

The race already appeared to be swinging Bagnaia’s way before a wheel had even turned with second-fastest qualifier Xavi Vierge failing to make it out of the pit-lane before the start due to a fuel pressure problem. The Dynavolt team successfully fixed the Kalex machine but the Spaniard was forced to start from the back of the grid as a result.

Without Vierge to worry about, Bagnaia led every lap of the Grand Prix despite constant pressure from Marquez, the Marc VDS rider ultimately fading in the closing stages. Marquez’s team-mate Joan Mir also rode superbly to ride the best race of his rookie season so far, taking a comfortable third for his maiden Moto2 podium finish.

Marcel Schrotter finished fourth while Vierge produced an inspired performance to finish right on the tail of his team-mate in fifth from 35th on the grid, beating KTM’s Miguel Oliveira in the closing laps. Romano Fenati scored his first points of 2018 in seventh ahead of leading Frenchman Fabio Quartararo while Brad Binder and Forward Suter’s Stefano Manzi rounding out the top ten.

 

Moto2 HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France: (Result)

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
142. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR4640:40.162
273. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+2.709
336. Joan MirKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+4.865
423. Marcel SchrotterKalexDynavolt Intact GP+7.041
597. Xavi ViergeKalexDynavolt Intact GP+9.811
644. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+9.943
713. Romano FenatiKalexMarinelli Snipers Team+12.293
820. Fabio QuartararoSpeed UpBeta Tools - Speed Up Racing+14.585
941. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+15.429
1062. Stefano ManziSuterForward Racing Team+17.228
1140. Hector BarberaKalexPons HP40+18.809
125. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+19.541
1322. Sam LowesKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+21.112
1424. Simone CorsiKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+23.510
1589. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+25.996
1664. Bo BendsneyderTech 3Tech 3 Racing+29.267
174. Steven OdendaalNTSNTS RW Racing GP+32.493
1854. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+44.006
1916. Joe RobertsNTSNTS RW Racing GP+45.609
2095. Jules DaniloKalexNashi Argan SAG Team+45.840
2152. Danny KentSpeed UpBeta Tools - Speed Up Racing+46.052
2266. Niki TuuliKalexSIC Racing Team+48.371
233. Lukas TulovicKTMKiefer Racing+54.304
2419. Corentin PerolariTransformiersPromoto Sport+57.478
2545. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+1:07.712
2618. Xavi CardelusKalexTeam Stylobike+1:21.756
2780. Cedric TangreTech 3Yohan Moto Sport+1:36.542
NC21. Federico FuligniKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+15 Laps
NC14. Hector GarzoTech 3Tech 3 Racing+15 Laps
NC7. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexPons HP40+17 Laps
NC27. Iker LecuonaKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+19 Laps
NC9. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+20 Laps
NC51. Eric GranadoSuterForward Racing Team+24 Laps
NC10. Luca MariniKalexSky Racing Team VR46+24 Laps
NC32. Isaac VinalesKalexSAG Team+25 Laps