MotoGP Le Mans 2017: Race Round Up
The 2017 Le Mans MotoGP was a thrilling race from start to finish!
The Le Mans round of the 2017 MotoGP was one of the most exciting races we’ve witnessed in the last few years. It may have been lacking in the fisticuffs department, but even though it was short on battles, it was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. Now that the weekend is done and dusted, and we can write without fear of spoiling it for you, here are our highlights from the race.
A gambler would’ve had no hesitations about placing a sizeable bet on Spaniard Maverick Viñales for the top step of the podium, and although the young rider did ride away in first place, it wasn’t an easy race. As soon as the lights went out, French rookie Johann Zarco leapt from the start line and launched into first place. Zarco managed to hold the front for half of the race distance until Viñales managed to find a way past the Frenchman.
Valentino Rossi managed to get off to a decent start and was careful to conserve his tires throughout the race distance. In the final stages, he outclassed Viñales with a textbook overtake and made it stick, until he made a fateful error in the final lap of the race, crashing out of the Le Mans GP at the very end.
When all was said and done, Viñales took first place, followed by Zarco in second, and a determined Dani Pedrosa in third. Ducati duo Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo managed to claim fourth and sixth place respectively, with LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow sandwiched between them in fifth. Where was Marc Marquez? Well, he took a big fall with eleven laps to go, but he wasn’t alone. The list of crashes and retirements is quite long for this French leg of the MotoGP. The DNF list includes Marquez, Aleix Espargaro, Danilo Petrucci, Scott Redding, Karel Abraham, Hector Barbera, Alvaro Bautista and of course, Valentino Rossi.
We’ll stick the full results below for you to glance at. In the meantime, we urge you to read all the tributes that have been posted online in memory of the late MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden who recently succumbed to injuries sustained after a bicycle training accident in Italy last week. We expect Dorna and the FIM to hold a fitting tribute at the next round of the MotoGP at Mugello.
MotoGP Le Mans 2017: Race Results
1. Maverick Viñales – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 43m 29.793s
2. Johann Zarco – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 43m 32.927s
3. Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 43m 37.510s
4. Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 43m 41.016s
5. Cal Crutchlow – LCR Honda (RC213V) 43m 43.312s
6. Jorge Lorenzo – Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 43m 53.795s
7. Jonas Folger – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 43m 55.526s
8. Jack Miller – Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 44m 2.396s
9. Loris Baz – Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 44m 15.577s
10. Andrea Iannone – Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 44m 18.125s
11. Tito Rabat – Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 44m 19.829s
12. Pol Espargaro – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 44m 22.454s
13. Bradley Smith – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 44m 22.972s
14. Sam Lowes – Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 44m 25.225s
15. Sylvain Guintoli – Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 44m 36.671s
Valentino Rossi – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) DNF
Aleix Espargaro – Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) DNF
Danilo Petrucci – Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) DNF
Scott Redding – Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) DNF
Karel Abraham – Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) DNF
Hector Barbera – Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) DNF
Alvaro Bautista – Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) DNF