Bezzecchi triumphs again as Bagnaia crashes out in Le Mans

The 2023 French GP was quite an eventful one, with racing incidents, tyre pressure-related washouts and a Frenchman taking the final step on the podium. This was also the 1,000th MotoGP race ever to be held, since the inception of the series in 1949.

  1. Three out of four Hondas crashed out of French GP
  2. Bezzecchi wins despite penalty

Bezzecchi bounces back

Despite starting the race from the third row and being handed a penalty to drop a postion after clashing with Marc Marquez, Bezzecchi wasn’t hindered much and ultimately took the lead and stayed there. 

Rookie Augusto Fernandez leading KTM

The sole rookie on the grid, 2022 Moto2 World Champion Augusto Fernandez finished the race in fourth place, ahead of Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro. For much of the race he managed to keep up with the likes of Brad Binder and Johann Zarco. His fourth place finish meant he was the highest finishing KTM in this race.

Miller, who led the race for much of the first half, was beset with tyre-pressure woes on the soft front tyre, and then fell through the ranks before crashing out while running in seventh. Sunday man Binder, who finished second in the Sprint race, was pushed wide on the first lap and had to work his way through the pack, and eventually finished the race sixth. 

Marquez crashes while battling for podium

After battling it out with the likes of Francesco Bagnaia, Bezzecchi, Martin and Zarco, Marc Marquez crashed out while running in second place in the closing stages of the race. Repsol Honda’s other rider, 2020 World Champion Joan Mir and LCR Honda’s Alex Rins, both crashed out and Takaaki Nakagami was the sole finisher from the Honda camp, in ninth place.

Frenchman Zarco on podium

The late crash from Marquez meant that Johann Zarco snagged the last place on the podium. Fabio Quartararo ultimately crossed the finish line in seventh, with teammate Franco Morbidelli finishing 10th.  

French GP sees high-profile crashes

The 2023 French GP saw two separate racing incidents where four high-profile riders crashed out. Francesco Bagnaia and Maverick Vinales collided in a racing incident. Shortly after, Luca Marini and Alex Marquez were tangled, which put all four riders out of contention.

2023 MotoGP championship standings

Bezzecchi is now just one point shy of current championship leader Francesco Bagania. MotoGP will return after nearly a month, with the next race scheduled to be held on June 11 at the Mugello circuit in Italy.

2023 French MotoGP results

2023 French MotoGP results
Position Rider Team
1 Marco Bezzecchi VR46 Ducati
2 Jorge Martin Pramac Ducati
3 Johann Zarco Pramac Ducati
4 Augusto Fernandez GASGAS Tech3
5 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing
6 Brad Binder RedBull KTM
7 Fabio Quartararo Monster Energy Yamaha
8 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Ducati
9 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda
10 Franco Morbidelli Monster Energy Yamaha
11 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Lenovo
12 Lorenzo Svadori RNF Aprilia
13 Jonas Folger GASGAS Tech3
NC Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo
NC Maverick Vinales Aprilia Racing
NC Luca Marini VR46 Ducati
NC Alex Marquez Gresini Ducati
NC Marc Marquez Repsol Honda
NC Joan Mir Repsol Honda
NC Alex Rins LCR Honda
NC Jack Miller RedBull KTM

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