Crashes for Márquez and Mir at Le Mans in the #FrenchGP
The fifth round of the MotoGP World Championship was held under completely clear skies at the legendary Le Mans circuit, where fans were able to enjoy a race full of excitement.
Marc Márquez participated in what was his second Grand Prix race of the season, after his crash and injury at the Portuguese Grand Prix. Second on the grid, the Repsol Honda Team rider had a great start in which he took the holeshot.
After leading the first third of the race, Márquez found himself back down in second position, and subsequently had an intense battle with Jorge Martín. With two laps to go, he crashed out of the contest.
Joan Mir continues trying to adapt to the Honda RC213V. The Repsol Honda Team rider started sixteenth on the grid and tried to gain positions as the race progressed, but on Lap 14, with 13 to go, he suffered a crash and was unable to get back on track.
The next MotoGP event will be the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, on the weekend of June 9th-11th.
“I am really happy with the race today; I was able to ride like I rode a long time ago and I was really able to enjoy being on the bike. Unfortunately, the final result is not what we wanted, but I spent the whole race fighting and pushing the limit. We have had a really busy weekend doing a lot of work and a podium would have been a great reward, especially for my team who have continued to work at their maximum. We still need to find a bit more to fight like this every weekend. In terms of the crash, I fell at Turn 7 but it started at Turn 6 when I had a lot of shaking and I didn’t arrive with the perfect line. I think we had a real MotoGP race today; it was a great show for all the fans who came here this weekend.”
“I made a really good start to the race and I was able to ride comfortably in the opening laps. When you are battling with the top ten and in a big group, there’s a really big slipstream effect and it becomes harder to stop the bike. I stood the bike up to avoid hitting Aleix and this is where the mistake came from and I lost the group. Then I tried some different things with the bike and I unfortunately fell. But I was able to ride in low 32s, this is really important and the thing that we have to focus on. We take these positives, study everything well and prepare for the next race.”