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DATE News (chronologically)
05/17/09
motogp
Lorenzo takes dramatic victory at wet-dry Le Mans  
Jorge Lorenzo
Spanish star Jorge Lorenzo found the perfect remedy for his Jerez frustrations at Le Mans, bouncing straight back from his DNF in Spain with a brilliant win at the Grand Prix de France in highly difficult conditions - to return to the top of the standings.

Lorenzo took the lead on the first lap and shot away at the front, building up a big advantage on wet tires as the track dried quickly, eventually being the last rider to change onto slicks in his first ever ‘flag-to-flag’ contest and riding superbly on both sets of tires to win by a 17 second margin.

Another brilliant effort by Hayate Racing’s Marco Melandri saw him cross the line second for his first podium since 2007, having been unsure of his MotoGP future over the winter.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa hunted down his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso on the final lap for third place to secure his third consecutive podium result.

A nightmare for Valentino Rossi saw him slip from first to joint second in the standings after a chaotic race. The World Champion swapped bikes three times, suffered a crash and was given a ride through for speeding in pit lane before eventually finishing last.

Australians Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) and Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) were fifth and sixth respectively, with Stoner drawing level with Rossi in second place in the championship.

Veterans Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), who mounted a comeback from sixteenth early in the race, and Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) would have ultimately hoped for better than their seventh and eighth places.

A solid performance for James Toseland (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) saw the Englishman take a step in the right direction in ninth and Toni Elías (San Carlo Honda Gresini) completed the top ten.

Lorenzo's advantage at the top of the standings is just one point, ahead of title favorites Rossi and Stoner who sit jointly in second position with 65 points each. Mugello, one of Rossi's favorite venues and his home circuit, will host the next round, the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice, the fifth date on the 2009 MotoGP World Championship calendar.

Results

Pos.

Rider Nation Team Time/Behind
1 J. LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 47'52.678
2 M. MELANDRI ITA Hayate Racing Team + 17.710
3 D. PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team + 19.893
4 A. DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team + 20.455
5 C. STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team + 30.539
6 C. VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 37.462
7 C. EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 40.191
8 L. CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 45.421
9 J. TOSELAND GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 50.307
10 T. ELIAS SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini + 53.218
11 A. DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini + 53.550
12 N. HAYDEN USA Ducati Marlboro Team + 56.647
13 Y. TAKAHASHI JPN Scot Racing Team MotoGP + 56.688
14 R. DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP + 1'11.299
15 N. CANEPA ITA Pramac Racing + 1'15.385
16 V. ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 2 Lap
17 M. KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing 17 Lap

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