Petrucci wins a wet and wild French Grand Prix at Le Mans. ahead of rookie Alex Marquez and KTM's Espargaro.

The race was delayed due to the arrival of rain a few minutes before the start.

The start saw Rossi fall at the first chicane, holding up Mir and Vinales, while the Ducatis of Petrucci, Dovizioso and Miller dominated the opening half of the race.

Rins carved through the field to catch the Ducatis, with Pol Espargaro and Marquez looking to do the same.

When Rins began to battle with Miller the pair missed their braking point and split the lead pack. Worse followed for the Australian when he suffered an engine failure, while Rins fell at the first chicane.

Petrucci used the chaos behind to build a small lead while team-mate Dovizioso struggled for rear grip and lost out to Marquez, who had a brilliant ride to take Honda's first podium of the season in his first wet MotoGP race, and Espargaro.

Pole starter Quartararo held on to the championship lead despite managing only ninth place, on a day when all the Yamahas struggled.

HRC test rider Bradl was again replacing injured reigning world champion Marc Marquez.

The first of the back-to-back Aragon rounds takes place next weekend.

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French MotoGP, Le Mans - Race Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/Diff
1Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)45m 54.736s
2Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+1.273s
3Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.711s
4Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+3.911s
5Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+4.310s
6Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+4.466s
7Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+5.921s
8Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+15.597s
9Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+16.687s
10Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+16.895s
11Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+16.980s
12Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+27.321s
13Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+33.351s
14Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+39.176s
15Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+51.087s
16Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+14.190s
 Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)DNF
 Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)DNF
 Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)DNF
 Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)DNF
 Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)DNF
 Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)DNF

* Rookie.

By Peter McLaren

 

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