Marquez and Rossi One-Two at French Grand Prix; Fifth Straight Victory for the Spaniard


It seemed Marc Marquez’s good fortunes were finally at their end. After four consecutive victories to begin the MotoGP season, an early error from the young Spaniard had him fall from 1st to 10th on the opening lap of the France Grand Prix in Le Mans. The reigning world champion, however, was unphased and methodically worked his way back to the front of the pack.

On the 13th lap he overtook Oakley teammate Valentino Rossi and never looked back, securing his fifth straight win and a 42-point cushion in the standings. Rossi ended up second.

“I made a mistake at the start,” Marquez said. “Maybe I was too relaxed off the line. Then when Jorge (Lorenzo) passed me, I had to take a wide line otherwise we would have touched, and as a result, many riders overtook me.”

“It was a lot of fun,” Marquez continued. “Although it might look easy to people, we are working extremely hard and this is the reward for the whole team.”

His five straight wins matches a feat last set by Giacomo Agostini in 1972 and, at 21, Marquez is now the youngest rider to win five straight races in the top motorcycling category, breaking a 52-year old record that had belonged to Mike Hailwood.

Rossi’s runner-up finish is his second in consecutive races, and the Italian superstar now sits third in the season ratings.

France Grand Prix Results:
1. Marc Marquez (Spain) – Honda – 44:03.925
2. Valentino Rossi (Italy) – Yamaha – 44:05.411
3. Alvaro Bautista (Spain) – Honda – 44:07.069