MotoGP French Grand Prix 2018 Preview

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Wednesday 16th May 2018, 02:27 PM


Race five of this year’s MotoGP season takes place in a French city synonymous with motorsport, as Le Mans stages the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France on Sunday 20th May, where current World Champion Marc Marquez will be looking to maintain his lead at the top of the standings.

 

How the Bookies See it

Marquez has a 12-point lead at the top of the World Standings after winning on home soil at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana, his second successive win. He will be looking for a hat-trick of victories this weekend iin France.

Le Mans is a name famous around the world with high-speed and endurance racing for both two-wheel and four-wheel vehicles. The circuit first held a motorbike Grand Prix in 1969, with the modernised track having now been a permanent fixture on the MotoGP calendar since 2000. Located 5km south of Le Mans, the track is tight and dominated by first gear corners, which places the emphasis on braking late and accelerating hard. There is always a boisterous and noisy atmosphere, with up to 100,000 spectators from around the globe set to attend the spectacle.   

The bookies see Marc Marquez as the man they all have to beat again, currently going into the race as a 4/5 odds-on favourite. Home hero and second-placed rider in the World Standings, Johann Zarco, is the 5/1 second-favourite, whilst Valentino Rossi is the 6/2 third-favourite. 

 

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Race Winner
Marc Marquez
5/6
Johann Zarco
5/1
Valentino Rossi
6/1
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate

Form

Marc Marquez has won the last two Grands Prix, in the USA and Spain, so goes into this race in Le Mans as the form rider. However, he last won here in 2014 and has failed to land a podium finish since. It might not be the foregone conclusion that the bookies see it as.

Frenchman Johann Zarco has moved into second place in the title race after finishing second in Spain last time out, having also previously finished as runner-up in race two in Argentina. He also finished second at this track last year, so could have an important say in the final placings, roared on by a passionate home crowd.  

Maverick Vinales, now third in the standings, won this race last year and was third the season before, so he has a good track record here. He’s only made the podium once this year, when second in the USA, but he has been positioning consistently well. Can he use the experience of last year’s success to challenge again here?

Sports.net's View

Marc Marquez’s form is clearly the best going into this race, bu he was last to finish at Le Mans in 2016 and failed to finish in 2017, so his odds do look too short based on that. Johann Zarco will go into the race full of confidence and looks better value at 5/1.

Sports.net's Top Tip

Jorge Lorenzo has won at Le Mans in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016 – so obviously loves racing here. Although he’s not enjoying a particularly good season this year so far, he could be back challenging for a podium finish, so at 25/1 to win outright, an each-way bet offers good odds. Dani Pedrosa has finished in the top-5 in four of the last five years here, including winning in 2013. He also looks a good each-way bet at 8/1.

 

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Each-way (1/5 the odds a place 1,2,3)
Jorge Lorenzo
25/1
Dani Pedrosa
8/1
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate


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Published: Wednesday, 16 May 2018 02:27:09+00:00
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