Danilo Petrucci made history as the first Ducati Rider to win the French Grand Prix at Le Mans on Sunday 11 October.

The race took place in the midst of a cloudburst testing the skills of the best Grand Prix Motorcycle riders in the world.

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Petrucci pips Marquez at Le Mans

The brother of injured world champion Marc Marquez, Alex became the fifteenth different rider to feature on the MotoGP podium this season, after cruising through the field to take second from 18th position on the grid.

KTM rider Pol Espargaro rounded out the podium as he too showed his mastery in terrible conditions.

Petrucci is the seventh different rider to win a Grand Prix in the chaotic 2020 season with world championship leader Fabio Quartararo the only man to claim multiple wins. 

Quartararo extended his championship lead despite struggling from pole as the rain came down and finishing in ninth.

The finish to the race was an incredible four-way duel with Petrucci, Marquez, Espargaro and the race-winner’s Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso.

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi suffered an early crash in what is expected to be his final visit to Le Mans.

MotoGP – French Grand Prix results

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 142.1 45’54.736
2 20 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 142.1 +1.273
3 16 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 142.1 +1.711
4 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 141.9 +3.911
5 11 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 141.9 +4.310
6 10 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 141.9 +4.466
7 9 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 141.8 +5.921
8 8 6 Stefan BRADL GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 141.3 +15.597
9 7 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 141.3 +16.687
10 6 12 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 141.3 +16.895
11 5 36 Joan MIR SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 141.3 +16.980
12 4 33 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 140.8 +27.321
13 3 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 140.4 +33.351
14 2 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 140.2 +39.176
15 1 27 Iker LECUONA SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 139.6 +51.087
42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 138.4 +1’14.190
Not Classified
43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 139.9 7 Laps
21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 136.7 8 Laps
35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 141.0 9 Laps
53 Tito RABAT SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 133.5 12 Laps
38 Bradley SMITH GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 138.4 18 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0 Lap
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