Finishing Order: Le Mans MotoGP, Moto2, 125

MotoGP Results

Jorge Lorenzo’s lead at the top of the FIM MotoGP World Championship stretched to nine points after the Spaniard won the third round at Le Mans, his second victory of the season, triumphing in the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France ahead of Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso.

Lorenzo’s success also made it three Yamaha wins in the opening three races of the season for the first time since 1980.

A superb start from Rossi from his pole position saw the Italian lead into the first turn ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Lorenzo, but the latter quickly moved into second and set his sights on his Fiat Yamaha team-mate.

The early race order saw Ducati Marlboro pair Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner and Dovizioso inside the top five, whilst San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Marco Melandri shot up from 11th on the grid to sixth.

A decisive moment in the race came on only the second lap when Stoner slid out at turn six, and the Australian was unable to remount his Desmosedici GP10 machine as he experienced the second non-finish of his stuttering season.

Shortly afterwards, the race of Ben Spies was ended prematurely with a fall, and Loris Capirossi was forced to retire too after damaging his bike when he went down.

The fight for the win started on lap seven when Lorenzo took the lead from Rossi, only to see the Italian immediately reclaim it. Undeterred, Lorenzo pushed again on lap ten, this time making his move stick as he moved into first and began to open up an advantage.

As the Yamaha duo occupied the top two spots, the battle for third was also extremely engrossing, and involved another pair of team-mates. Repsol Honda’s Pedrosa and Dovizioso were tight in third and fourth, with Hayden refusing to lose touch in fifth as well.

Lorenzo’s lead over Rossi at the front had stretched to over four seconds with four laps to go, and Pedrosa and Dovizioso were by now locked in a marvellous duel for the final podium spot.

Marco Simoncelli, Colin Edwards and Héctor Barberá were involved in another tricky encounter for eighth position, as was Hiroshi Aoyama until a moment on his bike saw him lose valuable seconds.

A thrilling last lap played out as Dovizioso forced his way through on Pedrosa to take third, and Hayden also squeezed past the Spaniard after he ran wide.

Lorenzo crossed the line to take victory by a gap of 5.672s from Rossi, with Dovizioso taking his second podium of the season in third place.

Hayden finished fourth for the third consecutive race, with Pedrosa ending the race in fifth. Melandri was sixth as a pre-race switch of suspension paid off for him, with Randy de Puniet taking seventh in his home GP.

The top ten was completed by Barberá, Aleix Espargaró and Simoncelli. Aoyama took 11th place, and was followed by Edwards and Mika Kallio.

Le Mans, Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12599Jorge
LORENZO
SPAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha158.044’29.114
22046Valentino
ROSSI
ITAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha157.7+5.672
3164Andrea
DOVIZIOSO
ITARepsol Honda TeamHonda157.6+7.872
41369Nicky
HAYDEN
USADucati Marlboro TeamDucati157.5+9.346
51126Dani
PEDROSA
SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda157.3+12.613
61033Marco
MELANDRI
ITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda156.8+21.918
7914Randy
DE PUNIET
FRALCR Honda MotoGPHonda156.3+29.288
8840Hector
BARBERA
SPAPaginas Amarillas AsparDucati156.1+33.128
9741Aleix
ESPARGARO
SPAPramac Racing TeamDucati156.1+33.493
10658Marco
SIMONCELLI
ITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda156.1+33.805
1157Hiroshi
AOYAMA
JPNInterwetten Honda MotoGPHonda156.0+34.346
1245Colin
EDWARDS
USAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha155.9+37.123
13336Mika KALLIOFINPramac
Racing Team
Ducati154.9+55.061
Not Classified
  65Loris
CAPIROSSI
ITARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki154.822 Laps
  11Ben SPIESUSAMonster
Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha153.922 Laps
  27Casey
STONER
AUSDucati Marlboro TeamDucati151.726 Laps

Moto2

Toni Elías opened up an 18-point lead at the top of the Moto2 World Championship standings with his second win of the season. The Spanish rider led a podium completed by Julián Simón and Simone Corsi, in a race that was extremely eventful in its opening stages.

Elías made a rapid start from seventh on the grid and took the early lead, but Alex Debón was soon in front. However, the Valencian rider was penalised for a jump-start and had to take a ride through penalty as he lost first position.

Yuki Takahashi crashed out from fourth, and pole position man Kenny Noyes suffered the same disappointment.

At the head of the race Elías, Jules Cluzel and Simón established a break, but disaster struck from the Frenchman Cluzel when he lost the front of his bike.

Championship leader at the start of the race, Shoya Tomizawa ran off twice, first as the result of De Rosa’s crash which forced him wide, then of his own accord, bringing down Mattia Pasini too.

As Elías stretched out his lead and Simón shored up second, Andrea Iannone and Corsi scrapped for third behind, with the latter coming out on top to claim his first Moto2 podium.

Le Mans, Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12524Toni ELIASSPAGresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki150.143’29.277
22060Julian
SIMON
SPAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter150.0+1.336
3163Simone
CORSI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi150.0+2.831
41329Andrea
IANNONE
ITAFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up149.8+4.880
5112Gabor
TALMACSI
HUNFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up149.4+13.293
61040Sergio
GADEA
SPATenerife 40 PonsPons Kalex149.4+13.415
7914Ratthapark
WILAIROT
THAThai Honda PTT Singha SAGBimota149.3+14.294
8810Fonsi NIETOSPAHoliday
Gym G22
Moriwaki149.3+14.554
9765Stefan
BRADL
GERViessmann Kiefer RacingSuter148.8+23.503
10644Roberto
ROLFO
ITAItaltrans S.T.R.Suter148.8+23.687
11545Scott
REDDING
GBRMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter148.8+23.959
12468Yonny
HERNANDEZ
COLBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2148.7+24.955
13352Lukas PESEKCZEMatteoni
CP Racing
Moriwaki148.7+25.068
14225Alex
BALDOLINI
ITACaretta Technology Race DeptI.C.P.148.6+26.023
15171Claudio
CORTI
ITAForward RacingSuter148.5+28.765
16 6Alex DEBONSPAAeroport
de Castello – Ajo
FTR148.3+32.240
17 59Niccolo
CANEPA
ITARSM Team ScotForce GP210148.2+33.607
18 41Arne TODEGERRacing
Team Germany
Suter148.1+34.789
19 12Thomas
LUTHI
SWIInterwetten Moriwaki Moto2Moriwaki147.7+43.180
20 63Mike DI
MEGLIO
FRAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter147.7+43.522
21 61Vladimir
IVANOV
UKRGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki147.4+47.761
22 53Valentin
DEBISE
FRAWTR San Marino TeamADV147.2+51.571
23 39Robertino
PIETRI
VENItaltrans S.T.R.Suter146.8+59.692
24 5Joan OLIVESPAJack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris146.8+59.939
25 88Yannick
GUERRA
SPAHoliday Gym G22Moriwaki146.3+1’07.377
26 8Anthony
WEST
AUSMZ Racing TeamMZ-RE Honda145.9+1’16.171
27 21Vladimir
LEONOV
RUSVector Kiefer RacingSuter145.8+1’16.528
28 95Mashel
AL NAIMI
QATBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2145.6+1’20.977
29 76Bernat
MARTINEZ
SPAMaquinza-SAG TeamBimota145.5+1’22.982
30 77Dominique
AEGERTER
SWITechnomag-CIPSuter138.22 Laps
Not Classified
  55Hector
FAUBEL
SPAMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter143.210 Laps
  75Mattia
PASINI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi146.719 Laps
  48Shoya
TOMIZAWA
JPNTechnomag-CIPSuter146.719 Laps
  16Jules
CLUZEL
FRAForward RacingSuter149.120 Laps
  19Xavier
SIMEON
BELHoliday Gym RacingMoriwaki148.120 Laps
  15Alex DE
ANGELIS
RSMRSM Team ScotForce GP210148.120 Laps
  35Raffaele
DE ROSA
ITATech 3 RacingTech 3147.221 Laps
  80Axel PONSSPATenerife
40 Pons
Pons Kalex130.121 Laps
  9Kenny NOYESUSAJack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris148.122 Laps
  72Yuki
TAKAHASHI
JPNTech 3 RacingTech 3147.922 Laps
  17Karel
ABRAHAM
CZECardion AB MotoracingFTR99.225 Lap

125cc GP

Pol Espargaró took victory with a fantastic ride in the 125cc race, edging out Nico Terol for the victory and narrowing his rival’s lead at the top of the World Championship standings to two points.

Terol led into the first turn after a storming start from his pole position, and Espargaró stuck on the Bancaja Aspar rider’s back wheel as the duo pulled away after the early stages of the race.

Espargaró eventually made his decisive move to secure the win on the last lap as he crossed the line ahead of Terol.

A marvellous battle for third occurred behind, with Bradley Smith, Marc Márquez, Efrén Vázquez , and Sandro Cortese all engaged in a thrilling encounter.

After Smith had been in the podium slot for most of the race, Márquez sneaked past him on the final lap, and despite the Briton’s attempts to claim the spot, in touching fairings with Marquez, Vázquez squeezed through his off-line bike for fourth.

Smith finished fifth, with Cortese completing the top six.

Le Mans, Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12544Pol
ESPARGARO
SPATuenti RacingDerbi143.941’52.280
22040Nicolas
TEROL
SPABancaja Aspar TeamAprilia143.9+0.957
31693Marc
MARQUEZ
SPARed Bull Ajo MotorsportDerbi143.7+4.428
4137Efren
VAZQUEZ
SPATuenti RacingDerbi143.7+4.736
51138Bradley
SMITH
GBRBancaja Aspar TeamAprilia143.6+5.143
61011Sandro
CORTESE
GERAvant Mitsubishi AjoDerbi143.6+5.847
7912Esteve
RABAT
SPABlusens-STXAprilia143.3+11.047
8871Tomoyoshi
KOYAMA
JPNRacing Team GermanyAprilia143.3+11.165
9799Danny WEBBGBRAndalucia
Cajasol
Aprilia141.8+37.808
10639Luis SALOMSPAStipa-Molenaar
Racing GP
Aprilia141.7+39.585
11514Johann
ZARCO
FRAWTR San Marino TeamAprilia141.6+40.519
12453Jasper
IWEMA
NEDCBC CorseAprilia141.6+40.817
13394Jonas
FOLGER
GEROngetta TeamAprilia141.6+42.149
14235Randy
KRUMMENACHER
SWIStipa-Molenaar Racing GPAprilia141.4+44.741
15126Adrian
MARTIN
SPAAeroport de Castello – AjoAprilia141.3+46.320
16 5Alexis
MASBOU
FRAOngetta TeamAprilia141.3+46.503
17 23Alberto
MONCAYO
SPAAndalucia CajasolAprilia141.3+46.979
18 78Marcel
SCHROTTER
GERInterwetten Honda 125Honda140.6+59.626
19 84Jakub
KORNFEIL
CZERacing Team GermanyAprilia140.6+59.770
20 50Sturla
FAGERHAUG
NORAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia140.3+1’04.405
21 69Louis ROSSIFRACBC
Corse
Aprilia140.3+1’05.731
22 60Michael
VAN DER MARK
NEDLambretta Reparto CorseLambretta139.0+1’28.928
23 82Kevin
SZALAI
FRAEquipe de France Vitesse EspoirHonda138.0+1’47.143
24 81Gregory
DI CARLO
FRAEquipe de France Vitesse EspoirHonda137.91 Lap
25 63Zulfahmi
KHAIRUDDIN
MALAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia136.51 Lap
26 83Morgan
BERCHET
FRAXtreme Racing TeamHonda134.61 Lap
Not Classified
  72Marco
RAVAIOLI
ITALambretta Reparto CorseLambretta138.46 Laps
  51Riccardo
MORETTI
ITAFontana RacingAprilia137.48 Laps
  32Lorenzo
SAVADORI
ITAMatteoni CP RacingAprilia138.118 Laps