MotoGP: Martin wins the Sprint Race at Le Mans, second to Marquez, Bagnaia out


By John

The usual Jorge Martin, on a Ducati Pramac, wins the Sprint Race of the French Grand Prix, confirming himself as a specialist in the 'short race' of MotoGP. After Qatar and Jerez, the vice world champion also triumphs on the Le Mans track and remains leader of the World Championship, extending his lead due to the retirement, after a very bad start, of Francesco Bagnaia. Second place went to a fabulous Marc Marquez (Ducati Gresini), who instead started far behind and was the protagonist of an extraordinary comeback, while completing the podium was Maverick Vinales with Aprilia. Fourth place for Enea Bastianini, best of the Italians with Ducati Lenovo, while Marco Bezzecchi was unlucky to crash with four laps to go while in second position.

The first big twists arrive at the start: Martin gets off to a good start and defends first place, Bagnaia instead makes a disaster and even slips to 14th position, but the Italian's Ducati has problems and is forced to retire a few laps later. A super Bezzecchi thus climbs to second place ahead of Espargaro, who however is penalized with two long lap penalties due to a false start. The name of a phenomenal Marc Marquez therefore resonates in the podium area, starting 13th and capable of immediately getting there in search of the leaders in just a few corners. At the end Bezzecchi tries to close in on the leading Spaniard but slips and ends up in the gravel, leaving second place to Marquez and third to Vinales.