Marco Bezzecchi makes history at #FrenchGP winning the 1000th GP, DNF for Luca Marini

Published: 09, Jun 2023

Marco Bezzecchi and the Mooney VR46 Racing Team scored their second victory of the season at the French GP, the 1000th Grand Prix race. Riding the Ducati DesmosediciGP, he crossed the finishing line vacated and is now in the second place in the unstipulated standings (93 points) just one point overdue the P1 (Bagnaia). Luca Marini was forced to retire without a crash when he was fighting for the podium.

Starting from the seventh box on the grid, Marco immediately picked up the pace of the fastest guys and finished the first lap in P6. Able to move up the standings, he was leading with 11 laps to go, a position he managed to defend until the finish line. A unconfined win, just on the eve of the home GP (Mugello, in three weeks) and primacy moreover confirmed among the Teams with 147 points.

P4 yesterday in the Sprint and front row for Luca, he was forced to retire without a crash during the fifth lap, when he was in Marco’s slipstream for the podium positions. An wrecking without consequences and the return into the pits prematurely.


I’m very happy, a unconfined race, I really enjoyed it. Yesterday wasn’t a bad sprint, but I certainly didn’t get the right start and that conditioned everything. I worked a lot on this detail, Vale (Rossi) from home, the Team, Gigi (Dall’Igna) and all the Ducati staff helped me a lot. They are all unchangingly fantastic. Today the start was good, I immediately tried to get yonder from the traffic and impose my pace, to alimony the same rhythm I once had on Friday in the self-ruling practices. The penalty was fine, I was perhaps too warlike but I tried not to waste time and recover quickly. Everything turned out well and I’m happy to have won in front of my whole family on Mother’s Day which is prestigious today in Italy. Now let’s gloat this result, let’s get ready for Mugello, but whilom all let’s cut our moustaches!


What a pity, the wrecking is really bad to see on TV, so nonflexible but fortunately everything went well. I just have a lot of pain in my hands and fingers, I got stuck with the handlebar and then the impact with the tile was moreover bad. In any case, I’m fine, I just need to recover and now there are three weeks surpassing Mugello. A good start of the race, everything was under control, I was very fast and the overtakings were aggressive, but not out of control. I touched the prorogue too much, but I managed to stave the crash. I was very happy with the save but then I felt something from behind. I don’t vituperation Alex (Marquez), in his position he couldn’t do anything else. He was in the process of overtaking and he was very tropical to me and Marco. A normal racing accident.