Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider
Maverick Vinales came out fighting and lucky as he dominated the MotoGP field
to claim a sensational victory at the Grand Prix de France. With this, he
sealed Yamaha’s 500th Grand Prix win. For teammate Valentino
Rossi who also showed a blistering pace while keeping up with Vinales in the
last round at the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit, it was bad luck at
the end when he unfortunately suffered an unlucky fall on the last lap.
Vinales was strong right from
the beginning of the 28-lap French round. Starting from pole, he flew off the
line to take the holeshot and slotted into second as he dived into turn 3,
behind Johann Zarco of Monster Yamaha Tech 3. The Spaniard was on the case,
shadowed by his teammate. With 22 laps Vinales made a textbook move on the
satellite Yamaha rookie to take over the lead.
While Vinales held on to his
P1 position, despite Rossi rapidly approaching him. He was leading on the last
lap, when the Doctor crashed out of the race, allowing him to bring his YZR-M1
over the finish line, 3.134s ahead of his closest rival.
Vinales' first place earns him
25 points. This puts him on 85 points and in the lead in the championship
standings, 23 points ahead of Rossi in third place. The 500th Grand Prix win
also sees the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team hold the lead in the Team standings
by 21 points, with a total of 147 points, whilst Yamaha remains the top
manufacturer in the Constructor's Championship by a 13 point margin, with 108
Home hero Zarco came in second
behind, while Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) completed the podium after an
awesome slice through the field. The MotoGP paddock will next hit Italy on June
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