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Marc Marquez is justifying his lead in the MotoGP World Championship as he took the lead at the Grand Prix de France at Le Mans ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Valentino Rossi, benefitting from both pole man Johann Zarco and title rival Andrea Dovizioso crashing out early in the race.

The results means Marquez now has a 36 point lead just five races into the season.

“I saw that the track had a little bit less grip than yesterday and especially this morning,” said Marquez.

“But I’m happy because this victory is important on a circuit where normally we struggle.”

Zarco had the 105,000 home fans at Le Mans’ Bugatti circuit dreaming of a rare French win after his record-setting pole 24 hours earlier, but the Yamaha star slid out on Lap 7, breaking the hearts of all French fans.

“I overdid it trying to overtake Lorenzo,” said Zarco. “The fans will understand me, I was going all out for the win,” he said.

Jack Miller posted one of his best results in MotoGP with a fourth placing, chasing Rossi all the way home and only just failing to snag a spot on the podium.

2018 Le Mans MotoGP  Race Results:

Pos. Rider Time
1 Marc Marquez 41’49.773
2 Danilo Petrucci 00’02.310
3 Valentino Rossi 00’05.350
4 Jack Miller 00’06.314
5 Daniel Pedrosa 00’07.419
6 Jorge Lorenzo 00’10.355
7 Maverick Viñales 00’23.758
8 Cal Crutchlow 00’25.795
9 Aleix Espargaro 00’26.606
10 Alex Rins 00’27.397
11 Pol Espargaro 00’32.304
12 Hafizh Syahrin 00’34.962
13 Franco Morbidelli 00’37.881
14 Bradley Smith 00’38.299
15 Takaaki Nakagami 00’41.986
16 Thomas Luthi 00’45.260
17 Karel Abraham 00’56.872
18 Xavier Simeon 01’12.117
19 Scott Redding 17 laps
20 Tito Rabat 17 laps
21 Johann Zarco 19 laps
22 Andrea Dovizioso 23 laps
23 Alvaro Bautista 26 laps

Photo source: AFP.

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