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MotoGP | FrenchGP | Petrucci becomes seventh different winner in 2020 at Le Mans

Danilo Petrucci took victory at the French GP at Le Mans ahead of Alex Marquez and Pol Espargaro in an eventful race.

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MotoGP | FrenchGP | Petrucci becomes seventh different winner in 2020 at Le Mans
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Danilo Petrucci took victory at the French Grand Prix for his first victory of the season with Alex Marquez and Pol Espargaro completing the podium places.

This means that Petrucci becomes the seventh different winner in this crazy 2020 season.

Rain started to fall on the grid as the riders were just getting ready to set off and the start was then delayed and a quick start procedure was put in place. The race was officially deemed a wet race.

It was home hero Fabio Quartararo who sat on pole position with Jack Miller in second place and Petrucci completing the front row.

A great start from Miller in the middle of the front row as he led into the first corner from Cal Crutchlow and Quartararo. Valentino Rossi was the only rider to fall on the first lap.

By lap two Petrucci took to the front with his teammate Andrea Dovizioso following behind. P. Espargaro was battling with Quartararo for fourth place and got past the Frenchman by lap three.

Quartararo was going backwards as he was overtaken by Alex Rins and then Crutchlow. By lap 4 Bradley Smith was closing him down and overtook the home favourite.

Meanwhile, the three Ducati’s were pulling away at the front of the field, looking very strong.

Quartararo was continuing to fall down the order as Alex Marquez, Miguel Oliveira and Takkaki Nakagami took advantage of the struggling Yamaha man who was down in 11th place.

On lap 7, Rins set the fastest lap in fourth place and was closing the gap to the Ducati’s at the front. Marquez passed Smith for seventh place and was on the charge with Oliveira following the Spaniard.

Lap 10 of the race, Smith crashed out after running in ninth place.

Petrucci had pulled the pin on lap 11 and started to slowly ease away from his fellow Ducati’s of Dovizioso and Miller.

Quartararo was overtaken by his fellow compatriot as Johann Zarco breezed past the championship leader.

Lap 13 Rins had caught up to Miller and the pair of them were battling for the last podium place. P. Espargaro was also the man on the move in fifth place as he was closing up to the front four.

Lap 14 Marquez got past his fellow Honda rider Crutchlow to move up to sixth place. On the same lap, Tito Rabat crashed out of the race.

Rins got past Miller on lap 15 of the race but Miller did not give up his place easily and got back into third place again.

By lap 17, Marquez was on the back of Pol Espargaro’s KTM and was setting lap times quicker than the leaders. Morbidelli took a tumble on the same lap.

Dovizioso took the lead of the race from his teammate on lap 18 but Petrucci did not want to give up that place too easily and tried to get back at him. A collision almost happened as Dovizioso slipped down to fourth place and Rins made his way up to second place.

Then, Miller got back at Rins to take second place. However, Miller’s bike had a technical problem as he slipped down the order. The Australian was out of the race.

Not long after, Rins had then crashed out of the race and there was a Ducati one-two and Marquez in third place.

On lap 24, Marquez finally got past Dovizioso after sitting behind the Italian for a few laps. He was now on his way to catch Petrucci.

Dovizioso was going backwards as Espargaro overtook the Ducati man and then Oliveira tried to get passed for fourth place but couldn’t quite get it done.

Meanwhile, Quartararo, Joan Mir and Maverick Vinales were battling for ninth, 10th and 11th place.

Petrucci took the chequered flag in first place to take his first win of 2020, Marquez came home in second place to take Repsol Honda’s first podium of the year and Espargaro came in third place.

Dovizioso came home in fourth place with Zarco finishing fifth and Oliveira sixth.

Quartararo finished in ninth place and maintained the championship lead by 10 points from Mir who finished the race in 11th place.

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