Having earlier witnessed his brother Alex Marquez take victory in the Moto2 class Marquez gave the family a double with a comfortable win in Le Mans. Behind the Spanish rider was a battle of three Ducati machines. Second place went to Dovizioso despite some hard racing from teammate Danilo Petrucci. Jack Miller who led the race at one point had to settle for fourth as he appeared to be struggling with his GP19 machine in the second half of the race.
Marquez started on pole and made no mistake when the lights went out. Jack Miller overtook Petrucci to move into second and was applying early pressure to the number 93 Honda of Marquez. On the fifth lap Miller led the MotoGP Le Mans 2019, overtaking Marquez through turn three and four. The two exchange places again before Marquez managed to make a gap of a couple opf bike lengths. Miller was unable to keep up and began to slip further back, a few tenths a lap at first. MIller was able to frsutrate the facory Ducati rider of Dovizioso before he began to run wide whilst cornering eventually enabling Dovizioso and Petrucci to move through.
Marquez was now controlling the race from the front with a gap of around three seconds. Behind Petrucci was keen to overtake his team mate and put in a couple of hard moves on Dovizioso. Fortunately we didn’t see a repeat of Argentina 2016 where Ianonne took out Dovizoso. That caused Ductai to lose two podium spots almost within site of the chequered flag. Dovizioso managed to keep the number 9 of Petrucci behind as they took the final two podium spots.
Jack Miller had to settle for fourth place but managed to hold off Valentino Rossi who had started to close in on the Ducati towards the end of the race.
Pol Espargaro achieved KTM’s best dry race result coming home in an impressive sixth place. Team mates Morbidelli and Quartararo were seventh and eighth, whilst the LCR Honda of Crutchlow finsihind ninth. Alex Rins had started the day second in the championship but could only manage tenth at the flag.
Maverick Viñales had had a disappointing qualifying linining up 11th on the grid. Unfortunately for him in the race his weekend didn’t get any better. He was punted out of the race after an error Pecco Bagnaia sent his Pramac Racing Ducati into the back of the unfortunate Yamaha factory rider.
Marc Marquez now leads the championship with 95 points. Andrea Dovizioso is second on 87 points. Alex Rins has 75, putting him three ahead of Valentino Rossi in fourth and Danilo Petrucci is fifth on 57.
MotoGP Le Mans 2019
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