MotoGP fans saw another thrilling round of the World Championship on last Sunday at Le Mans, where Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez stormed to the rostrum once again byproving why he is best in the business. The 21-year old Spaniard made his bashers speechless when he fought his way back up from 10th to number one position in lap 16 and went on winning the race. The doctor (Valentino Rossi) was also not too bad either, as he had a good start in the race and he made the most of Marquez’s initial mistake by leading the pack of riders for several laps. Unfortunately, he was not able to give Marc a tough fight when the Repsol Honda rider bounced back, but he managed to secure second place.
Alvaro Bautista of GO&Fun Honda Gresini also came through with flying colours, as for the first time after 2012 he was able to reach the podium. Bautista finished third and stunned everyone with his solid performance, especially considering the fact that he failed to finish three of the last five races.Alvaro was not the only rider who showed a staggering performance at the French circuit, as Monster Yamaha Tech3 team’s Pol Espargaro was also among the leaders of the race. Due to these surprise performances overall standings are now depicting quite an interesting picture at the end of the French Grand Prix. For instance, after Le Mans, now there is not much difference left between DaniPedrosa and Rossi’s points.
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 125
2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 83
3 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 81
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 53
5 Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 45
6 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda MotoGP 39
7 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 38
8 Aleix Espargaro NGM Forward Racing 37
9 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 34
10 Alvaro Bautista GO&FUN Gresini Honda 26
11 Andrea Iannone Pramac Racing 25
12 Nicky Hayden Drive M7 Aspar 23
13 Hiroshi Aoyama Drive M7 Aspar 21
14 Scott Redding GO&FUN Honda Gresini 18
15 Yonny Hernandez Emergy T.I. Pramac Racing 16
16 Cal Crutchlow Ducati Team 15
17 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 9
18 Colin Edwards NGM Forward Racing 7
19 Danilo Petrucci IodaRacing Project 2
20 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing 2
21 Broc Parkes Paul Bird Motorsport 1
Valentino has obtained 81 points which makes him third on the standings, while the Repsol rider, who is sitting at second place possess 83 points. Thus if Rossi manages to reach the podium in Italy hehas a fair chance of gaining the second place. Moving down the chart, Rossi’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who recently had an arm pump surgery, is also not too far from gaining the fourth spot from Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso. Given that Lorenzo (45) is just eight points behindDovizioso (53). The ranking gets even more intense, as we move further below, whereStefan Bradlissitting at sixwith 39 points andEspargarois at seven with 38 points.
AleixEspargaro of NGM Forward Racingis holding eighth place with 37 points, whereasMonster Yamaha Tech3 team’s Bradley Smith at ninth spot has made it into the top ten with 34 points. Keeping this nominal difference in mind, one can easily say that Smith, Aleix, Pol andBradlhas a great opportunity to move up in the rankings. If they put up a solid performance in Italy, as the competition is still wide open. As far as Marquez is concerned, it does not seem possible at the moment that anyone can catch him neither in the standings and nor on the track.
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