Spain’s Marquez took his third win of the 2019 season with another dominating performance, finishing ahead of Italian Mission Ducati team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, as Australian Jack Miller (Pramac Racing Ducati) and Italian Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha) rounded out the top five and Marquez’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo took his best finish of the season with 11th.
Cold conditions from morning warm up carried through until the start of the French Grand Prix at 14:00 local time, a track temperature of just 18°C made for treacherous opening laps.
Marquez was able to keep clear of trouble to open a small advantage, Miller the only rider able to stay with him. Miller was briefly able to get past, but the Repsol Honda Team rider responded to the challenge on lap six and retook the lead.
Steadily building his lead lap-by-lap, Marquez eventually crossed the line 1.9 seconds clear of Dovizioso, claiming Honda’s 300th win in the premier class.
The win is also Marquez’s 47th in the premier class, drawing equal with Jorge Lorenzo in third on the all time premier class wins list. Marquez now extends his lead in the MotoGP World Championship to eight points.
The MotoGP World Championship now prepares to head to the iconic Mugello circuit for the Italian Grand Prix, May 31 – June 02.
Photo courtesy Repsol Honda
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