Monster Energy Grand Prix of France Race Results
18 May 2014
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) continued his winning ways with his fifth consecutive victory of the season. Marquez is now the youngest ever rider (21 years and 90 days) to win five consecutive major class Grand Prix taking the record from Mike Hailwood (22 years and 160 days) in 1962. Marquez is also the first rider since Giacomo Agostini in 1972 to win the first five races of the season in the premier class, the first rider to win five MotoGP races in a row since Valentino Rossi in 2008 and the first rider since Mick Doohan in 1997 to win five consecutive races from pole.
After going wide on a bend in the first lap and dropping to tenth place Marquez fought back to win the race from Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) in second place with Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) taking the final podium spot in third place.
Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) finished fifth with Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) sixth.
The leading Ducati was Andrea Dovizioso who finished eighth after leading the race for a few laps in the early stages and the the top open class rider was Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward racing Yamaha) in ninth.
1st: Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda 44’03.925
2nd: Valentino Rossi (ITA) Movistar Yamaha +1.486
3rd: Alvaro Bautista (SPA) GO&FUN Honda Gresini +3.144
Starting fourth on the grid Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) won his second consecutive Moto2 race. After following Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing Kalex) for the first eighteen laps Kallio took the lead with eight laps to go and was never headed to the finish line. Second went to Simone Corsi with Kallio’s teammate and championship leader, Esteve Rabat (Marc VDS Racing team Kalex), third.
Pole sitter Jonas Folger (AGR Team Kalex) finished in sixth position.
1st: Mika Kallio (FIN) Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 42’41.696
2nd: Simone Corsi (ITA) NGM Forward Racing Kalex +1.015
3rd: Esteve Rabat (SPA) Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex +1.303
One of the most exciting Moto3 races ever seen saw Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) take his third win of the season and extend his championship lead to 30 points. Miller beat Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda)to the finish line by 0.095 seconds with Isaac Vinales (Calvo Team KTM) third.
Romano Fenati (Sky Racing Team VR46 KTM) who lies second in the championship retired with technical problems while pole sitter Efren Vasquez (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda) finished sixth after coming into contact with Miller while challenging for the lead on the final lap.
1st: Jack Miller (AUS) Red Bull KTM Ajo 41’30.582
2nd: Alex Rins (SPA) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.095
3rd: Isaac Vinales (SPA) Calvo Team KTM +0.230