Marquez Earns Honda’s 300th MotoGP Triumph

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Marc Marquez earned Honda's 300th premier class victory Sunday in France. (Honda Photo)
Marc Marquez earned Honda's 300th premier class victory Sunday in France. (Honda Photo)

LE MANS, France – Marc Marquez delivered Honda’s 300th premier class victory during Sunday’s MotoGP event at the Bugatti Circuit.

Marquez started from the pole and launched away at the start, with Pramac Racing’s Jack Miller the only rider able to keep up with Marquez in the opening circuits.

Miller briefly overtook Marquez to take the lead, but Marquez responded on lap six to regain the top spot. Once out front again Marquez slowly built his lead, eventually crossing the finish line 1.9 seconds ahead of his closest pursuer.

“Of course here in Le Mans it’s always difficult with the temperature and the weather, especially today,” Marquez said after his 47th victory in the premier class. “I think this is the first time I have had a race where I had the soft tyre in the front but it was the safest option. I was focused on being consistent until I saw the gap increasing, I pushed a little bit more and into the low 32s until I saw I had two seconds. I’m happy with today’s result and it is fantastic to be able to take Honda’s 300th premier class win.”

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci completed the podium. Miller faded to fourth behind the Ducati duo and Valentino Rossi finished fifth for Monster Energy Yamaha.