Alex Márquez Takes Majestic Win in France, Xavi Vierge Fifth
Sunday was a brilliant day for the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders at Le Mans as Alex Márquez dominates the Moto2 race with team-mate Xavi Vierge finishing a fine fifth.
The rain that was forecast for lunchtime on Sunday stayed away, and the 25-lap Moto2 race was held in dry, overcast conditions.
Alex Márquez dominated proceedings to win his first race since October 2017, finishing ahead of countryman Jorge Navarro. After a sitting in second place on lap four, Xavi Vierge eventually scored eleven points for fifth place.
The result sees Márquez climb to fourth in the World Championship, 14 points behind leader Lorenzo Baldassarri. Vierge jumps to eleventh, 48 points back.
“I’m so happy! It tastes so good to win again after such a long time. It was a tough race. I was constantly trying to control the gap to the riders behind. I had a really good first seven laps and after that I was more or less trying to keep my concentration. I was not thinking too much, just trying to make it flow on the bike. This is a ‘team win’ because we did a really good job during all of the preseason, and especially this weekend. There were three different conditions to consider and I changed the rear tyre for the race on the grid. Now in the championship we recovered important points. Now we need to maintain this rhythm that we have.”
“I’m happy with the race. We made a step and the most important thing is we know what is holding us back. Now we have two days of testing ahead of us where we can work on that so we can fight for the podium in the next races. I’m really happy with how the weekend went. The team worked amazingly well and every race we are getting closer to the top guys.”