Jack Miller takes a stunning victory in Le Mans to double up for Ducati.
Le Mans never fails to produce an insane race weekend, it doesn’t matter if it’s wet or dry there will be chaos that’s a fact! We saw around 120 crashes this weekend from many riders, it didn’t matter how many titles you have or what you’ve achieved in your career, if it was decided you are crashing then you’re going down. We saw this with riders such as Joan Mir and Marc Marquez who both suffered many crashes across the weekend with both crashing out of the race, Marc Marquez crashing out of the lead before crashing once again later on as he tried to make up some positions.
At the front of the field it was a Jack Miller masterclass, the Australian rider overcame awful conditions which forced him to take evasive action heading into the gravel trap before being slapped with a double long lap penalty which he served to perfection to take the race win at the French Grand Prix, it was a stunning ride which puts him back into championship contention. He led the early parts of the race and was forced to endure the awful conditions running slick tyres on a wet track which we’ve seen him do many times before, only this time it became too much for even Jack Miller who was forced into the pits for a wet GP21, during this pit stop he was unable to engage the pit limiter therefore entering the pit lane 10km over the speed limit which forced race direction into slapping a 2 long lap penalty onto him, not that this mattered too much as we saw!
In second place we saw Johann Zarco, the French rider was desperate to take his first-ever win at Le Mans on home soil but his resurgence came one lap too late as he closed up to Fabio Quartararo rapidly taking 2 seconds a lap out of his countryman who also had the same ideas of a home race win, unfortunately, Miller’s pace was too much for the Frenchman and he was forced to take second place ahead of his compatriot Quartararo who now once again leads the MotoGP standings.
Francesco Bagnaia was another Ducati rider who had a stunning race, he qualified in P16 and was as low as P20 in the early laps of the race, he was also forced to take two long lap penalties but this clearly didn’t phase him as he finished in fourth place over last years race winner Danilo Petrucci, Petrucci was another rider who had a stunning race and even led this morning’s warm-up. We all know his abilities in these conditions and this result will absolutely bring him a lot of confidence.
Further down we see Maverick Vinales who had incredible pace early on in the race and was another rider who led in the opening laps, however as we have seen time and time again his race fell apart as soon as his rhythm was disrupted and he dropped to P10 overall.
Aprilia and Suzuki have had a day to forget there’s no doubt about that, both Suzuki riders crashed out of the race with Alex Rins crashing twice, he now has four crashes in three races after stacking it twice today with both the Aprilia’s blowing up. Aleix Espargaro was destined to break Aprilia’s P6 duck today and easily could’ve taken a top 5 finish but it wasn’t to be.
Full results –