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Lorenzo extends french rule with imposing Le Mans victoryJorge Lorenzo stormed clear of Valentino Rossi to take his second win in a row in Le Mans this afternoon, making it three victories from three races for the Fiat Yamaha Team this year. Rossi overcame a few problems with both his bike and his shoulder to finish second, with Spaniard Andrea Dovizioso third.
art to lead out of the first turn, in front of some 80,000 fans delighting in the balmy weather. Lorenzo has suffered lately when starting but recent work in testing paid off as the 23-year-old slipped just one place to third, before passing Pedrosa back soon after to retake second. The Italian and the two Spaniards soon stretched out a gap from the chasing pack and Lorenzo started to look menacing on his team-mate's rear wheel, trying to pass a few times but failing as Rossi braked deeper and deeper.
It was not until lap twelve that the 23-year-old got by his team-mate and he quickly began to pull away, as the World Champion struggled to find enough grip on acceleration to stay with Lorenzo. The young Mallorcan eventually crossed the line 5.672 seconds ahead to take his first back-to-back wins in MotoGP and stand on top of the Le Mans podium for the second year running.
Lorenzo extends his championship lead to nine points from Rossi, whilst the Fiat Yamaha lead the Team standings and Yamaha the Constructors'. The next round comes at Rossi's home fortress of Mugello, in two week's time.
"I am so happy to win for the second race in a row, it's the first time for me in MotoGP and it makes me feel very confident in myself. Finally I did a good start, which I'm really happy about, then I easily got past Pedrosa. Passing Valentino wasn't so easy because he was braking so deep and I had to be very patient, something that I might not have managed one year ago! Finally I overtook him but I didn't expect to be able to go away in that way, my bike and Bridgestone tyres just felt so good and it wasn't difficult for me to keep this pace up. I have had a good time in Le Mans since I joined Yamaha; one second and two victories, so I think I can say I enjoy racing here in France! It is fantastic to be leading the championship but there is a long way to go and now we go to Mugello, a track that I love but where my rivals are very strong. Thank you to my team and everyone at Yamaha for this great weekend" - said Jorge Lorenzo.
"I got a very good start but I knew from the beginning that we lacked some pace compared to Lorenzo and we had some unexpected problems in the race, mainly to do with grip on exit and acceleration from the corners. I expected to be faster but it wasn't the case today. I tried to stay in front of Lorenzo but it wasn't possible and I couldn't go with him once he was past, congratulations to him because he was very strong today! I can't blame my shoulder, I had expected it to be a bigger problem but in fact it was okay until six or seven laps from the end and by then the race was over for me. I knew it was important to finish and take the 20 points, it's a long championship and we are only nine points behind. Now I am looking forward to being back on top form for Mugello, my home race" - said Valentino Rossi.
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 44'29.114
2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 5.672
3. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team + 7.872
4. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team + 9.346
5. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team + 12.613
6. Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 21.918
7. Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 29.288
8. Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team + 33.128
9. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team + 33.493
10. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 33.805
11. Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP + 34.346
12. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 37.123
13. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team + 55.061
Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 22 Lap
Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 22 Lap
Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 26 Lap
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 70
2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 61
3. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team 42
4. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 40
5. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 39
6. Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 26
7. Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 21
8. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 16
9. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 16
10. Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team 15
11. Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP 13
12. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team 12
13. Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 11
14. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 11
15. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team 8
16. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 7
17. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 6
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