Marco Bezzecchi makes history at #FrenchGP winning the 1000th GP, DNF for Luca Marini
Marco Bezzecchi and the Mooney VR46 Racing Team scored their second victory of the season at the French GP, the 1000th Grand Prix race. Riding the Ducati DesmosediciGP, he crossed the finishing line alone and is now in the second place in the general standings (93 points) just one point behind the P1 (Bagnaia). Luca Marini was forced to retire after a crash when he was fighting for the podium.
Starting from the seventh box on the grid, Marco immediately picked up the pace of the fastest guys and finished the first lap in P6. Able to move up the standings, he was leading with 11 laps to go, a position he managed to defend until the finish line. A great win, just on the eve of the home GP (Mugello, in three weeks) and primacy also confirmed among the Teams with 147 points.
P4 yesterday in the Sprint and front row for Luca, he was forced to retire after a crash during the fifth lap, when he was in Marco’s slipstream for the podium positions. An accident without consequences and the return into the pits prematurely.
I’m very happy, a great race, I really enjoyed it. Yesterday wasn’t a bad sprint, but I certainly didn’t get the right start and that conditioned everything. I worked a lot on this detail, Vale (Rossi) from home, the Team, Gigi (Dall’Igna) and all the Ducati staff helped me a lot. They are all always fantastic. Today the start was good, I immediately tried to get away from the traffic and impose my pace, to keep the same rhythm I already had on Friday in the free practices. The penalty was fine, I was perhaps too aggressive but I tried not to waste time and recover quickly. Everything turned out well and I’m happy to have won in front of my whole family on Mother’s Day which is celebrated today in Italy. Now let’s celebrate this result, let’s get ready for Mugello, but above all let’s cut our moustaches!
What a pity, the accident is really bad to see on TV, so hard but fortunately everything went well. I just have a lot of pain in my hands and fingers, I got stuck with the handlebar and then the impact with the asphalt was also bad. In any case, I’m fine, I just need to recover and now there are three weeks before Mugello. A good start of the race, everything was under control, I was very fast and the overtakings were aggressive, but not out of control. I touched the curb too much, but I managed to avoid the crash. I was very happy with the save but then I felt something from behind. I don’t blame Alex (Marquez), in his position he couldn’t do anything else. He was in the process of overtaking and he was very close to me and Marco. A normal racing accident.