Gearshift problems scupper Jorge Martin’s French GP fightback
The fifth round of the Moto3 World Championship was the first this season to see a repeat winner, as Brad Binder took his second victory in as many races to extend his lead at the top of the championship.
The Grand Prix de France saw a split of two groups of twelve and ten riders respectively, before a breakaway quartet of Fenati, Navarro, Binder and Canet escaped at the front. The South African triumphed ahead of Fenati and Navarro, with Canet foiled in a late lunge at the podium. Binder now heads for the next round of the season at Mugello in two weeks time with a 24-point advantage over Navarro.
Jorge Martín started from the eighth row but despite showing a strong pace that saw him clock the fastest lap of the race in the early stages, such a lowly starting position cost him dearly. The Spaniard managed to finish in a creditable eighteenth, although that is a long way from his objective.
18th Jorge Martín:
“I went into this race thinking that we could fight for a good result because I felt comfortable with the bike in warm-up. I started out well and managed to make up some positions, but then I started to have trouble changing gear mid-corner and that made it difficult for the rest of the race. We have a new gearshifter for Mugello that seems like it should work better so hopefully we can be fighting for a good result there.”