Unpublished podium in the water: Petrucci, Álex Márquez and Pol

The Italian becomes the seventh winner of 2020, the rookie debuts on the podium and the KTM one repeats. Quartararo drowned until ninth and Mir 11th.


Collective madness in MotoGP once again. The appearance of rain five minutes before the start of the French GP race changed the planned scenario and gave way to an unprecedented podium in the premier class, because of the water, true, but also because of the flats that the three put on it first at the finish line: Danilo Petrucci, Álex Márquez and Pol Espargaró. They have read correctly, yes, Álex Márquez, not Marc Márquez, who continues to recover at home from the complicated injury to his right arm. And the rookie has made his debut on the MotoGP podium with an extraordinary comeback from 18th place and, if Andrea Dovzioso had not blocked him, he could have even finished off with victory, although that was for Petrux, who becomes seventh different winner of the year

In the dry, the great favorite was Fabio Quartararo, but the great local hero drowned until the ninth place, to the sadness of the 4,450 spectators who had the privilege of settling in the stands of the historic French circuit. And it could be even worse for the Yamaha rider, because on the last lap he was overtaken by Joan Mir, but he knew how to rebuild himself to finish ahead of the Suzuki rider, who was also overtaken by Maverick Viñales. It was a beautiful last-lap battle with the scent of a title, albeit in more backward positions than usual.

Mir had already anticipated that in water it was not going well and in dry it was not for large algae. That's why his comeback only served him this time to gain three positions, from fourteenth on the grid to eleventh. In any case, the balance is satisfactory for him in terms of the championship, because he has only lost two points compared to Quartararo, who continues to lead, now with 10 ahead of Mir, 18 over a Dovi who finished fourth and 19 over a disconcerting Maverick for whom it is not clear what to expect.

The one who did attempt a historic comeback was Álex Rins, who started from sixteenth place and reached second, but fell to the ground seven laps from the end when he was able to be able to beat Petrucci. Before that, I had been able to handle a Dovi that they passed at the same time when braking at Turn 9 Rins, on the inside, and Petrucci, on the outside. And Alex had also benefited from Jack Miller's breakdown when he was riding in front of him, because he was the pilot who was making his life more difficult. Every time the Suzuki one passed him, the one from the satellite Ducati gave it back by acceleration. In the end, bad luck for both one and the other, due to breakdown and fall, on the curve 3.

The one who did not fall and finished off his fantastic comeback from eighteenth place was the youngest of the Márquez. Funny that he had to be the one to give Honda its first podium of the season. At Misano 2 he already showed clear signs of improvement and at Le Mans he has left the mark with one of the races of his life. In fact, there was the feeling that with one or two more laps he would have been able to beat Petrux, but in the end it was the Italian who won with a 1,273 advantage. From here it can only go further.

As for Pol, who will occupy Álex's place in the Repsol Honda box next year, he was eighth and was at all times hovering around the podium positions, with the three Ducati who led the race for many moments always on the horizon . His third is not strange, because he already took the podium two years ago with the wet asphalt in Valencia, but at Le Mans, in addition to being wet, it was icy with only 14 degrees, with which the fall was a constant threat for everyone in everything moment and he was able to get rid of wonderfully despite the occasional whiplash from the orange motorcycle.

Those who did fall were Rossi, in turn 2 of the first lap, and he was lucky to be hit with his Mir and Maverick bikes, as well as Smith, Rabat, Morbidelli and Crutchlow.

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