Lorenzo back on top at Le Mans

Posted: 20 May 2012

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo has won today’s rain-soaked French Grand Prix at Le Mans by more than nine seconds. The 2010 World Champion got a superb start from the grid, clinching an early lead and dominating the race from start to finish. His victory has also propelled him to the top of the overall championship standings – eight points ahead of nearest rival and reigning MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner.

Stoner also had a good start from the line, but was unable to match Lorenzo’s pace had to slot into second position. Meanwhile, a battle for third ensued between Valentino Rossi and Tech-3 team-mates Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow.

During the latter stages of the race, it looked as though Bennetts-supported Crutchlow may just clinch the third place on the podium – his best MotoGP result – until disaster struck and he crashed on the brakes going into the second corner with ten laps to go. Although the young British rider was able to remount, the best he could manage at the chequered flag was eighth place. Ducati’s Valentino Rossi was the eventual second place finisher, with Stoner dropping back down to third.

1          Jorge LORENZO                    49'39.743
2          Valentino ROSSI                     +9.905
3          Casey STONER                     +11.298
4          Dani PEDROSA                     +29.361
5          Stefan BRADL                        +32.477
6          Nicky HAYDEN                        +32.842
7          Andrea DOVIZIOSO                +59.759
8          Cal CRUTCHLOW                 +1'05.152
9          Hector BARBERA                   +1'07.846
10        Alvaro BAUTISTA                    +1'13.193