LE MANS. Petronas Sprinta Racing’s John McPhee won just his second ever Grand Prix race after taking a magnifique win at the Shark Helmets Grand Prix de France, the polesitter beating Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) to the line to make it 10 winners in the last 10 Moto3™ races, with five different winners at the start of the season happening for the first time ever in the Moto3™ class.
McPhee crossed the line to take his first win since Brno 2016, Dalla Porta took secondjust behind the Scotsman and Canet claimed third to take the Championship lead – 14 points his advantage over Dalla Porta. Rodrigo was disappointed with fourth after being in the lead group for the entirety, same can be said for fifth place Migno, with Toba unhappy with Canet’s move that pushed the Japanese rider down to sixth. Celestino Vietti (SKY Racing Team VR46) grabbed a hard-earned seventh after starting 19th, with Kazuki Masaki (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race) getting his best result of the year in eighth. Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PrüstelGP) and rookie Raul Fernandez (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) completed the top ten, with Masia’s penalty putting him behind 11th place Albert Arenas (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team).
Lorenzo Dalla Porta: P2
“I’m super happy with today’s result. This weekend has been very difficult for us, I crashed four times and I didn’t have nice feelings with my bike. We’ve worked a lot but I never thought I could get this result until the moment the race started. I gave my best, I recovered many positions and the only thing I did was pushing while trying to control the situation because a result like this one after the last races was something we really needed. Many thanks to the team, they’ve worked so hard. I’m over the moon".
Jaume Masia: P12
"Not my best GP. Great expectations, even more remembering the result of 2018, but so difficult conditions during the whole weekend. However, I am confident, we had a great pace on race that allow me to focus on Mugello and keep learning".
Tony Arbolino: N.C.
“It was a positive weekend, despite the final result, as we were always ahead, in the first positions. I don't know how it would be ended but I was feeling really good. Now, we go to Barcelona for a two days test, which are very important to do a further step on the bike and to arrive at Mugello 100% ready ”.