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DATE News (chronologically)
05/19/13
motogp
Pedrosa wins drama-filled race at Le Mans
From left, Crutchlow (2nd), Pedrosa (1st) and Marquez (3rd)
Dani Pedrosa has become the first rider to win two races in the 2013 MotoGP season, coming from sixth position on the grid in mixed conditions at Le Mans. He now leads the championship from Repsol Honda Team partner Marc Marquez, who fought to the podium after a poor start as Britain’s Cal Crutchlow finished second.

For the second year in succession, the field was presented with a wet track for the start of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. All competitors duly elected to fit the Soft compound wet weather tires for both front and rear wheels, although this resulted in an extremely difficult final handful of laps as the tarmac dried out.

Pedrosa’s ride to a first victory at Le Mans in the premier class was a calculated but exciting one. Having crashed in qualifying, he stayed out of trouble at the start and passed Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo. The Honda rider then caught Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, who had fought into the lead from a front row start and continually re-passed Pedrosa whenever the latter made a mistake. The final swapping of places came at half distance.

The weekend has been a memorable one for Crutchlow. On Saturday the Englishman sustained a fracture to the top of his shin bone, causing immense pain in the knee, but from fourth on the grid he made the most of the mixed conditions and stormed passed old teammate Dovizioso in the closing stages. The Ducati rider led for a chunk of the race and ultimately just missed out on a rostrum result as Marquez - championship leader heading into the day - fought back from a poor getaway and a selection of off-track moments. He therefore maintains his 100% podium finish record for 2013.

Nicky Hayden confirmed Ducati’s strongest day of the campaign to date by finishing fifth from GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, but it was a somewhat disastrous afternoon for Yamaha Factory Racing. Lorenzo struggled to make an impression and slid down the order to seventh, whereas Valentino Rossi - who had previously battled with his teammate - fell while under pressure from Hayden. The Italian recovered to 12th behind Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone, whose temporary teammate Michele Pirro rose to eighth ahead of Tech 3’s Bradley Smith.

Aleix Espargaro again celebrated the top CRT spot in 13th, although the Power Electronics Aspar rider had to fight past Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci and took advantage of a crash for teammate and local favorite Randy de Puniet. Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini), Claudio Corti (NGM Mobile Forward Racing), Lukas Pesek (Came IodaRacing Project) and Yonny Hernandez (PBM) also all retired but no rider suffered injury.

Pedrosa’s fourth win in France across the three classes makes him the championship leader, as the 2012 runner-up is now up to 83 points and six ahead of teammate Marquez. Honda leads the Constructors’ Championship from Yamaha by 14 points, with Repsol Honda Team now 47 ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing for Teams’ honors. The battle will continue at Mugello in Italy on 2nd June.

Race Result - Round 4

Pos Rider Behind Nat Bike Team
1 Dani Pedrosa 49'17.707 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Cal Crutchlow +4.863 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
3 Marc Marquez +6.949 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso +10.087 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
5 Nicky Hayden +18.471 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
6 Alvaro Bautista +23.561 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
7 Jorge Lorenzo +27.961 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
8 Michele Pirro +40.775 ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
9 Bradley Smith +41.407 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10 Stefan Bradl +1'00.995 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
11 Andrea Iannone +1'05.110 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
12 Valentino Rossi +1'16.368 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
13 Aleix Espargaro +1'24.200 SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
14 Danilo Petrucci +1'25.726 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
15 Karel Abraham +1'32.111 CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
16 Colin Edwards +1'40.602 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
17 Michael Laverty +1 lap GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
18 Hector Barbera +1 lap SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
19 Hiroshi Aoyama +1 lap JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
20 Yonny Hernandez DNF COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
21 Randy De Puniet DNF FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
22 Lukas Pesek DNF CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
23 Claudio Corti DNF ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
24 Bryan Staring DNF AUS FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresin
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Championship standings

Pos Rider Points Nat Bike Team
1 Dani Pedrosa 83 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Marc Marquez 77 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Jorge Lorenzo 66 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Cal Crutchlow 55 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Valentino Rossi 47 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
6 Andrea Dovizioso 39 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Alvaro Bautista 38 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
8 Nicky Hayden 35 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Aleix Espargaro 20 pts SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
10 Andrea Iannone 18 pts ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
11 Bradley Smith 17 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
12 Stefan Bradl 17 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
13 Michele Pirro 13 pts ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
14 Ben Spies 9 pts USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
15 Hector Barbera 7 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
16 Randy De Puniet 6 pts FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
17 Danilo Petrucci 4 pts ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
18 Michael Laverty 3 pts GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
19 Yonny Hernandez 3 pts COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
20 Colin Edwards 1 pts USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
21 Karel Abraham 1 pts CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
22 Hiroshi Aoyama 1 pts JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
23 Lukas Pesek 0 pts CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
24 Blake Young 0 pts USA APR CRT Attack Performance
25 Claudio Corti 0 pts ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
26 Bryan Staring 0 pts AUS FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini

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