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2022 MotoGP French Grand Prix: Full race results

Jack Miller got the holeshot from second on the grid at the start of the race, but soon dropped behind polesitter Bagnaia on the sister factory Ducati and the fast-starting Gresini bike of Bastianini in third, paving the way for a two-horse race for victory.

Bastianini started piling pressure on the Spanish GP winner in the second half of the race, with the two circulating just a few tenths away from each other on the 4.1km circuit.

With seven laps to go, Bastianini made a move going into the Dunlop chicane, only for Bagnaia to reclaim the position a few corners later.

However, Bagnaia would throw away all his hard work by running wide at Turn 8, before falling off his bike at Turn 14 at the end of the lap.

With Bagnaia out of the picture, Bastiania cruised to a 2.7s victory over the sole remaining factory Ducati of Miller, adding to his victories in the Qatar season opener and the Americas GP at Austin.

Aprilia star Aleix Espargaro hung on to his fourth podium finish of the season after resisting the advances of reigning champion Fabio Quartararo during the second part of the race.

Yamaha rider Quartararo initially slipped to the lower reaches of the top 10 with a poor getaway from fourth on the grid, but was able to recoup some of the lost places - although was denied a home podium finish by just over a tenth of a second by title rival Espargaro.

Countryman Johann Zarco finished fifth on the Pramac Ducati after recovering from a three-place grid penalty, repassing the top Honda of Marc Marquez towards the end of the race.

LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami equalled his best result of the season so far in seventh, finishing ahead of Brad Binder on the sole surviving KTM. Binder’s teammate Miguel Oliveira and Tech 3 duo Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner all failed to finish the race.

The top 10 was completed by VR46’s Luca Marini and Maverick Vinales on the second Aprilia, as Pol Espargaro had to settle for 11th after having to slow down his Honda to avoid hitting the stricken KTM of Oliveira.

Suzuki endured a nightmare outing with both Alex Rins and Joan Mir crashing out of the race while running inside the top 10, just days after the Japanese manufacturer announced it plans to quit MotoGP after 2022.

2022 MotoGP French Grand Prix: Full race results

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap Interval
1 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati -    
2 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 2.718 2.718 2.718
3 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 4.182 4.182 1.464
4 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 4.288 4.288 0.106
5 France Johann Zarco Ducati 11.139 11.139 6.851
6 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 15.155 15.155 4.016
7 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 16.680 16.680 1.525
8 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 18.459 18.459 1.779
9 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 20.541 20.541 2.082
10 Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia 21.486 21.486 0.945
11 Spain Pol Espargaro Honda 22.707 22.707 1.221
12 Italy Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 23.408 23.408 0.701
13 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 26.432 26.432 3.024
14 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 28.710 28.710 2.278
15 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 29.433 29.433 0.723
16 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 38.149 38.149 8.716
17 South Africa Darryn Binder Yamaha 59.748 59.748 21.599
  Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM      
  Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati      
  Spain Jorge Martin Ducati      
  Spain Joan Mir Suzuki      
  Spain Raúl Fernández KTM      
  Spain Alex Rins Suzuki      
  Australia Remy Gardner KTM      

2022 MotoGP French Grand Prix: Fastest laps

Cla Rider Bike Lap Time Gap
1 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 4 1'31.778  
2 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 4 1'31.885 0.107
3 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 7 1'31.946 0.168
4 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 5 1'31.947 0.169
5 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 4 1'32.000 0.222
6 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 2 1'32.052 0.274
7 Italy Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 15 1'32.076 0.298
8 France Johann Zarco Ducati 20 1'32.145 0.367
9 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 20 1'32.163 0.385
10 Spain Jorge Martin Ducati 7 1'32.294 0.516
11 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 13 1'32.349 0.571
12 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 5 1'32.394 0.616
13 Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia 18 1'32.397 0.619
14 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 25 1'32.404 0.626
15 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 15 1'32.409 0.631
16 Spain Pol Espargaro Honda 6 1'32.461 0.683
17 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 5 1'32.484 0.706
18 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 6 1'32.636 0.858
19 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 11 1'32.729 0.951
20 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 21 1'32.760 0.982
21 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 18 1'32.870 1.092
22 Australia Remy Gardner KTM 3 1'33.272 1.494
23 Spain Raúl Fernández KTM 5 1'33.445 1.667
24 South Africa Darryn Binder Yamaha 5 1'33.528 1.750