After starting from third position on the grid, Jorge Lorenzo quickly dropped the pack and enjoyed a solitary race to the finish line.
Lorenzo shares the podium with teammate Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) in second and third respectively.
Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) started on pole but dropped back as the race got underway. The Spaniard normally runs a carbon cover on his brake discs to retain temperature, but he didn't use this part in Le Mans. Whatever the issue, Marquez typically overcame it and went on to fight an epic battle with Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) to claim fourth place, relegating the Italian to fifth.
Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa crashed in the early stages of the race, but remounted. Even though the Spanish rider had little chance of claiming points, it was vital for him to rejoin the race and test how his injured arm holds up over full race distance.
Brit Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) finished in 6th, having better fortune than his compatriots. Cal Crutchlow (CWM-LCR Honda) crashed out of the race on turn 6, losing the front on the difficult downhill curve. Scott Redding (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) also crashed out of the race after completing just 3 laps of the Le Mans circuit.
Pol Espargaró (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Yonny Hernández (Pramac Racing), Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP) and Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Racing) completed the top 10.