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MotoGP Grand Prix of France 2019 Results: Marc Marquez Earns 3rd Win of Season

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2019

MotoGP rider Marc Marquez of Spain takes a curve followed by Jack Miller of Australia, left, during the French Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Le Mans racetrack, in Le Mans, France, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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Marc Marquez won his third race of the season on Sunday at the MotoGP Grand Prix of France at Le Mans.

The Spaniard topped the podium ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci.

The victory extended his lead in the riders' standings to eight points, while Dovizioso overtook Alex Rins into second after the Suzuki rider finished 10th.

Here's the classification from the race:

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🏁 @marcmarquez93 proves too strong at Le Mans! The world champion takes victory ahead of @AndreaDovizioso and @Petrux9! πŸ₯‡πŸ₯ˆπŸ₯‰ #FrenchGP πŸ‡«πŸ‡· https://t.co/0nLkqem8BX

There was drama before the race even began, when Karel Abraham and Joan Mir went down in the warm-up lap:

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Karel Abraham and Joan Mir are down before the race has even started! Mir is livid! 🀬 #FrenchGP https://t.co/jSa81cKb1h

Abraham's day soon got worse, as he was hitΒ with a black flagΒ for leaving the pit lane after Marquez completed his first lap.

Marquez started the race on pole, but he found himself usurped by Jack Miller on Lap 5 when the Australian dove inside him at Turn 3:

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Jack Miller takes the lead at the #FrenchGP πŸ”₯ We have a serious battle on here! πŸ“Ί BT Sport 2 HD https://t.co/dTHfFJDpW6

As the pair traded the lead back and forth, their duel allowed Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi to catch up and briefly make it a four-way battle.

Marquez showed his class to pull away from his rivals, though, setting what was then the fastest lap of the race in the process.

Further back, Francesco Bagnaia and Maverick Vinales had their races cut short when they crashed out:

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Disaster for @PeccoBagnaia and @mvkoficial12! πŸ’’ The pair tangle at turn 12 and both are out of the race! πŸ’₯ #FrenchGP πŸ‡«πŸ‡· https://t.co/A9tpT75xc7

As Marquez powered on unchallenged to victory, Dovizioso capitalised when Miller ran wide at T7.

The Italian then managed to hold off compatriot and Ducati team-mate Petrucci in a hard-fought battle for second.

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