If you like your Sunday afternoons to be packed with pulsating drama and unrelenting action, then it didn't get any better than the 2021 SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France. In a rare flag-to-flag race, Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) – despite two long-lap penalties – became the first Australian since Casey Stoner in 2012 to win back-to-back races in the premier class to lead home a double French podium at Le Mans. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) sprayed the bubbly on the famous rostrum in an unforgettable MotoGP™ encounter.
EVERY SECOND OF THE FLAG-TO-FLAG DRAMA
Four long years we've waited to see MotoGP™ bike rumble down pitlane halfway through a race and, at long last, that wait came to an end in Le Mans. The rain began to fall and the riders tip-toed their way around the Le Mans circuit before heading down pitlane and swapping bikes. Relive every second of the drama.
MORBIDELLI CLIMBS OFF A STRETCHER TO GET A POINT
We're well aware of the fact that MotoGP™ riders are a different breed by now, but even sometimes their bravery can surprise us still. After struggling with a knee issue for the majority of the weekend, Franco Morbidelli once again had issues during the race. He was forced onto a stretcher before then climbing off it, pushing his bike all the way down pitlane and getting back out on track to salvage a point.
WHY DID THE SHOEY RETURN?
After taking top spot in Jerez, Jack Miller didn't treat us to a shoey. Thankfully though, it returned in Le Mans after setting the record straight with Fabio Quartararo and Daniel Ricciardo. Get the full story here.
MARC MARQUEZ ADMITS HE WASTED A GOLDEN CHANCE
In only his third race back, Marc Marquez had hit the front of a MotoGP™ race. The Spaniard took full advantage of the tricky conditions and pulled clear following the bike swaps. Then the unthinkable happened as he crashed out of the lead of the French Grand Prix. Hear his full reaction to a frustrating day.