Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 17 May 2015
Dovizioso led into the first corner from Lorenzo as Marquez ran massively wide into the first chicane, dropping back to fourth. Lorenzo took the lead into the second lap.
Returning to action for the first time since Qatar, Dani Pedrosa crashed at the Dunlop chicane in the early stages.
Rossi passed Marquez for fourth on lap three, before going on to shatter the lap record as he chased down the leading trio. Scott Redding’s tough start to the season continued as he crashed out on the Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Honda.
After running wide again, Marquez found himself in sixth place sandwiched between Smith and Crutchlow, until the Brit crashed out on lap seven.
Rossi moved past Iannone into third on lap ten, still setting the pace he looked to get on Dovizioso and Lorenzo. The Italian took second just two laps later, with Lorenzo slightly etching a gap at the front.
Marquez woke up with six to go, charging past Bradley Smith before engaging in an intense battle for fourth with Iannone.
Lorenzo was able to hold Rossi off until the end, with Dovizioso taking third ahead of Marquez who came out on top of the battle for fourth with Iannone. Bradley Smith took fifth ahead of his teammate Pol Espargaro. With Hernandez, Vinales and Petrucci rounding out the top ten.
Rossi now sits 15 points ahead of Lorenzo in the championship standings.
MotoGP Le Mans – Race Result