After such a battle in Le Mans, it was heartbreaking to watch. Rossi crashed on the final lap leaving to Vinales the leadership in the championship.
When the lights went off, Rossi lost a couple of positions landing in the 4th position. In the first part of the race we’ve seen an incredible Zarco leading the race after a great start and I’m still puzzled about the fact that a 2016 M1 was in front of the factory team on many occasions. On the other hand, nobody was could replicate what Zarco did with the old M1. So it’s indisputable the fact that he has significant talent.
Rossi passed Marquez and take the 3rd position. An incredible Pedrosa was getting closer and closer to Marquez who crashed by trying to speed up the pace.
At about lap 15, Zarco started to make some mistake, a sign that he was probably riding over the limit. The two Yamaha riders had a better pace and could reach him, first Vinales then Rossi.
Vinales was in the lead but he couldn’t get away from Rossi, who at 10 laps from the end got even faster setting the fastest lap and later a new record. At 3 laps from the end, Rossi overtook Vinales in the entrance of an S by going too deep but brilliantly being able to close the other turn. During the lap two laps, both were giving the 110% which made them both make a mistake. Rossi paid the harder one by being passed. He wasn’t there to take prisoners but at two corners from the finish line the 46 lost the rear and crashed without the possibility to continue the race.
Vinales wins an amazing race giving all he could from the bike and himself.
Three things we learned from this the French GP
#1 – Vinales was able to hold the stress and the attacks of Rossi. He finishes this race in the lead with a reassuring gap.
#2 – Rossi found a setup that works for him and he can finally battle for the victory
#3 – Marquez lost Lorenzo as an opponent and got an even stronger one, Vinales and Rossi are still in the title contenders as he was always. In this situation and with a growing Pedrosa in his team will he be able to handle the stress?