Lorenzo title bid gathers momentum in Le Mans

Jorge Lorenzo proved to be in a class of his own at Le Mans

Jorge Lorenzo proved to be in a class of his own at Le Mans

Jorge Lorenzo produced a masterful ride to secure his second victory of the season in the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

The former double MotoGP world champion confirmed his championship credentials with a measured lights-to-flag ride as he successfully fended off a spirited challenge from Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.

An excellent getaway saw Lorenzo launch into the lead on the run to the first corner where he would stay for the entire race.

However, it was far from an easy victory with Lorenzo coming under prolonged pressure from the factory Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone in the early stages.

Having dealt with the Ducatis, Lorenzo faced a challenge from a hard charging Rossi, who stormed up to second by the halfway mark.

Rossi’s charge failed to unnerve Lorenzo who went on to take the flag to claim back-to-back wins following his triumph at Jerez earlier this month.

Nine-time world champion Rossi settled for second while Dovizioso secured the final spot on the podium.

Polesitter Marc Marquez was hampered by a slow start which left him adrift of the front runners.

The reigning world champion was unable to match the pace at the front and found himself embroiled in a titanic scrap for fourth in the closing stages with Iannone and Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith.

Marquez eventually took fourth position with Iannone coming home in fifth just ahead of Smith.

Pol Espargaro finished in seventh ahead of Yonny Hernandez, Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales and Danilo Petrucci, who completed the top 10.

It proved to be a difficult day for LCR Honda with Cal Crutchlow and Jack Miller crashing out of the grand prix.

Crutchlow dropped his Honda from seventh spot on lap eight, while Miller had been an enjoying an impressive run in 12th position before he fell at Turn 4 with 14 laps remaining.

Honda’s Dani Pedrosa recovered from a fall early on to finish in 16th position on his return to the premier class.

Rossi leads the world championship standings with a 15 point margin over Lorenzo heading into the Italian Grand Prix on May 31.

 Result: MotoGP French Grand Prix, Le Mans 

Position Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 28
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 28 +3.820s
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 28 +12.380s
4 Marc Márquez Honda 28 +19.890s
5 Andrea Iannone Ducati 28 +20.237s
6 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 28 +21.145s
7 Pol Espargaró Tech 3 Yamaha 28 +35.493s
8 Yonny Hernández Pramac Ducati 28 +39.601s
9 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 28 +41.571s
10 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 28 +42.789s
11 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 28 +53.636s
12 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 28 +1:00.617s
13 Héctor Barberá Avintia Ducati 28 +1:04.272s
14 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 28 +1:05.259s
15 Álvaro Bautista Gresini Aprilia 28 +1:05.515s
16 Daniel Pedrosa Honda 28 +1:20.907s
17 Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 28 +1:21.663s
18 Marco Melandri Gresini Aprilia 27 +1 Lap
DNF Jack Miller LCR Honda 14 Crash
DNF Karel Abraham AB Honda 14 Crash
DNF Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 7 Crash
DNF Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 3 Crash
DNF Mike Di Meglio Avintia Ducati 3 Crash
DNF Aleix Espargaró Suzuki 2 Mechanical
DNF Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1 Crash

Championship Standings

Position Driver Points
1 Valentino Rossi 102
2 Jorge Lorenzo 87
3 Andrea Dovizioso 83
4 Marc Márquez 69
5 Andrea Iannone 61
6 Cal Crutchlow 47
7 Bradley Smith 46
8 Pol Espargaró 35
9 Aleix Espargaró 31
10 Maverick Viñales 27
11 Danilo Petrucci 25
12 Yonny Hernández 20
13 Scott Redding 13
14 Héctor Barberá 13
15 Daniel Pedrosa 10
16 Nicky Hayden 8
17 Loris Baz 6
18 Jack Miller 6
19 Hiroshi Aoyama 5
20 Álvaro Bautista 3
21 Eugene Laverty 2
22 Stefan Bradl 1

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