Enea Bastianini wins French MotoGP, Bagnaia crashes out

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In a dramatic French Grand Prix, Gresini’s Enea Bastianini surged to his third win of the 2022 MotoGP season after long-time leader Francesco Bagnaia crashed.

The Gresini Ducati rider appeared to be on his way to a Le Mans winning battle with factory rival Bagnaia as the pair set the fastest time late in the race.

However, an accident for Bagnaia with seven circuits to go gave Bastianini the win, putting him back in championship contention after a difficult run of races.

From second on the grid, Jack Miller got the holeshot, with Bastianini moving into second ahead of a quick-starting Alex Rins.

Quartararo’s afternoon nearly ended in disaster when he scythed by Takaaki Nakagami of LCR Honda into Turn 11 at the end of the first lap.

Quartararo was forced out wide by Nakagami into the next corner, with Marc Marquez on the factory Honda seizing the opportunity to take sixth from the two of them – Quartararo almost colliding with the Spaniard.

However, a mistake by Nakagami up at the Dunlop chicane moments later allowed Quartararo to reclaim sixth and pass Marquez on the fourth lap.

In the closing laps of the race, Bastianini pursued Bagnaia and made his move for the lead entering the Dunlop chicane on lap 21 of 27.

Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing

However, the Gresini rider ran slightly wide into Turn 6 and let Bagnaia to pass before things went wrong for the factory Ducati racer.

Bagnaia entered Turn 8 too hot, allowing Bastianini to take a comfortable lead until the poleman crashed out at the penultimate corner moments later.

Miller finished second, 2.7 seconds behind Bagnaia, but Quartararo’s crash allowed him to salvage a podium finish at Le Mans.

The RNF Yamahas’ Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder were the last to cross the finish line, the latter about a minute behind the winner.

Jorge Martin of Pramac also failed to finish, falling out of 11th place in the closing stages.

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