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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Rossi can stretch championship lead in Le Mans

Yamaha riders fill first three places on grid

Johann Zarco leads the field during the Spanish Grand Prix
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French Grand Prix
BT Sport 2, 1pm Sunday

Maverick Vinales starts the French Grand Prix from pole position after the Spaniard came out on top in a thrilling qualifying session.

Yamaha struggled in Spain last time as Honda dominated but the tables were turned in Le Mans and Yamaha riders fill the first three positions on the grid.

Jerez winner Dani Pedrosa starts down in 13th after failing to progress from Q1.

Mixed conditions through practice saw several big names having to fight for a place in the top-12 shootout and five-time Le Mans winner Jorge Lorenzo will start only 16th.

The crowd were firmly behind MotoGP rookie Johann Zarco, and after sneaking through Q1 the Frenchman edged out Cal Crutchlow for a front-row start.

Zarco was the top Yamaha rider at Jerez, finishing fourth, and it would be no surprise if the impressive Tech-3 man scored his first premier class podium on home soil.

Vinales, tipped for pole at 12-5 in Racing Post Sport, heads the betting for the race but his teammate, championship leader Valentino Rossi, is a massive danger from second on the grid.

The Doctor is usually much more competitive in races than in qualifying, and the chance of the mixed weather continuing won’t worry Rossi at all.

He has finished second to Lorenzo at Le Mans for the last three years and he will be keen not to suffer the same fate against his new teammate.

Defending world champion Marc Marquez can’t be counted out but the Hondas have not had the best weekend and Marquez took a couple of light tumbles on Saturday.

Recommendation
V Rossi
1pt 5-2 Coral, Paddy Power

Mixed conditions through practice saw several big names having to fight for a place in the top-12 shootout
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