Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) continues to look unstoppable in the Moto GP World Championship and in Le Mans he imposed his talent once again over legend Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) to secure his fifth victory in a row.
Despite starting from pole position, the Spanish World Champion saw himself in a surprising ninth place early in the race, while Andrea Dovizioso and Pol Espargaro raced into the lead.
However, the leader of the championship managed to overturn the race and finally cross the line ahead of Rossi - after taking the lead with 16 laps to go following mistakes from both the Italian driver and his compatriot Jorge Lorenzo.
Alvaro Bautista (GO& UN Honda Gresini) secured third place while Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and double Moto GP champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) struggled again, finishing out the top four, just behind Espargaro.
Marquez became the first rider to win the opening five races of the season since Giacomo Agositini in 1972.
"I am really happy with this win, which was different to the other victories. I made a mistake at the start; maybe I was too relaxed off the line. Although it might look easy to people, we are working extremely hard and this is the reward for the whole team," Marquez said after the race.
The France Moto GP results
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 44:03.925
2. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) a 1.486
3. Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Honda Gresini) 3.144
4. Pol Espargaro (ESP/Yamaha Tech3) 3.717
5. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 4.077
6. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) 7.088
7. Stefan Bradl (GER/Honda LCR) 11.527
8. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 22.103
9. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Yamaha Forward) 22.626
10. Bradley Smith (GBR/Yamaha Tech3) 23.108