The final race in Valence of the GP 2017 World Championship can only be described as a spectacular and gripping performance by the two riders, the dual between the Italian Andrea Dovizioso and the Spaniard Marc Marquez kept the crowds in awe right to the end.
It was to Marc Marquez's advantage which offered him a fourth, well earnt, World Champion title, enabling him to enter the inner, closed circle of the quadruple winners and enhancing his already impressive record in the top GP category. Only Michael Doohan (5), Valentino Rossi (7) and Giacomo Agostini are in front of him but at the young age of 24 he still has time to equal or even exceed their records.
2017 was the revelatory year for the French rider Johann Zarco, who nearly came to winning his first race in the MotoGP category. He finished his first season in excellent style amongst the elite, crowned with the title of "Best Rookie", the best independent rider claiming sixth place in the World Championship table after 3 podiums and 2 pole positions.
The lad from Avignon kept up his pace throughout the winter trials and was in the lead after the pre-season tests in Qatar just before making the pole position and leading for three quarters of the way for the first race of the season also in Qatar !
Combining with that, Valentino Rossi is still competing for his 10th title along with a revengeful Jorge Lorenzo and the other veterans such as Cal Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa, all the ingredients are there to make an ideal cocktail for the 2018 championship!
On the French side, two other riders are bearing the blue, white and red colours of the French flag this season and hopefully they will be able to progress successfully in the Moto2 category: Fabio Quartararo and Jules Danilo.
The International Bridgestone Handy Race is returning to Le Mans !
Inaugurated in May 2017 during the French Motorcycle Grand Prix, the handisport race, initiated by the Frenchman Stéphane Paulus and the Italian Emiliano Malagoli, is now an established event in the motorcycle world and will again be organised during the weekend of this year's French Motorcycle Grand Prix in Le Mans.
The dates to remember are 18th, 19th & 20th May 2018 for yet another exciting, fantastic and amazing French Grand Prix weekend.
For further details click on: gpfrancemoto.com