Danilo Petrucci braves moist situations to win French Grand Prix

Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci held his nerve in moist situations to win the French Grand Prix in Le Mans on Sunday, whereas Repsol Honda rookie Alex Marquez clinched his first MotoGP podium.

The race was delayed by a heavy downpour simply moments earlier than the beginning time at Bugatti Circuit and adjusted the fortunes of Championship contenders Fabio Quartararo and Joan Mir — who had by no means began a moist race earlier than.

Pole-sitter Quartararo struggled on his Petronas Yamaha from the beginning, permitting Petrucci, who began third, to take the early lead as he went on to clinch his first victory of the season.

Petrucci’s win comes as an enormous shock after having did not file a top-six end in any of the earlier eight races this season.

“It is unbelievable,” he mentioned. “I had an excellent feeling on dry situations early morning however perhaps I can do it even within the rain.

“This victory is for all of the individuals who believed in me in these troublesome occasions.”

Within the absence of the injured world champion Marc Marquez, youthful brother and crew mate Alex produced a string of blistering laps in his first moist race to complete second.

“After ranging from 18th, it was not straightforward on the opening lap,” mentioned Alex, who gave Honda its first podium of 2020.

“We had the bike to struggle for a win however I am actually pleased with this consequence.”

KTM’s Pol Espargaro made late cost to assert the ultimate podium place forward of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.

A crash for Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi on the opening lap meant he has now failed to complete in every of the final three races.

Alex Rins was second on his Suzuki when he suffered a crash with seven laps to go, whereas Australian Jack Miller’s cost for a top-three end got here to a merciless finish with a mechanical failure in his Ducati.

Regardless of ending ninth in his house race, Quartararo prolonged his lead within the Championship standings to 10 factors over nearest challenger Mir, who completed 11th.

The MotoGP will return to Spain with the Aragon Grand Prix on October 18.