Lorenzo wins as Rossi and Stoner steal the show

Jorge Lorenzo dominated the French MotoGP

Jorge Lorenzo dominated the French MotoGP

Jorge Lorenzo has dominated a wet French MotoGP at Le Mans, while Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner stole the headlines with a fascinating dice for second place.

Yamaha’s Lorenzo won the 28 lap race by nearly 10 seconds, cruising to a big win and taking the championship lead.

Rossi scored second place, executing a masterful pass on Stoner on the last lap after an intense battle between the rivals in the closing stages of the race.

The Italian passed Stoner on three occasions, finally locking up the runner-up place at the second turn on the final tour.

The result is Rossi’s best finish on a Ducati.

Pole-sitter Dani Pedrosa took fourth place ahead of Stefan Bradt and Nicky Hayden.

Andrea Dovizioso crashed with less than 10 laps remaining, recovering to take seventh with Cal Crutchlow, Hector Barbera and Alvaro Bautista rounding out the top 10.

Australian class returnee Chris Vermeulen finished 17th.

Local rider Randy de Puniet crashed on the front straight, moments after the race started – a disappointing way to end his home event.

Results, Le Mans 

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 141.6 49’39.743
2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 141.1 +9.905
3 16 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 141.0 +11.298
4 13 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 140.2 +29.361
5 11 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 140.0 +32.477
6 10 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 140.0 +32.842
7 9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 138.8 +59.759
8 8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 138.5 +1’05.152
9 7 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 138.4 +1’07.846
10 6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 138.2 +1’13.193
11 5 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 137.6 +1’26.663
12 4 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 137.5 +1’27.633
13 3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 135.8 1 Lap
14 2 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 135.4 1 Lap
15 1 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 135.0 1 Lap
16 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 133.1 1 Lap
17 7 Chris VERMEULEN AUS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 131.3 2 Laps
18 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 126.8 2 Laps
Not Classified
9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 137.3 4 Laps
14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 130.5 6 Laps
17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 133.1 17 Laps

 

 

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