Motorcycle Racing News Finishing Order: Le Mans MotoGP, Moto2, 125

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. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 99 Jorge


SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 158.0 44’29.114
2 20 46 Valentino


ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 157.7 +5.672
3 16 4 Andrea


ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 157.6 +7.872
4 13 69 Nicky


USA Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 157.5 +9.346
5 11 26 Dani


SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 157.3 +12.613
6 10 33 Marco


ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 156.8 +21.918
7 9 14 Randy


FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 156.3 +29.288
8 8 40 Hector


SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 156.1 +33.128
9 7 41 Aleix


SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 156.1 +33.493
10 6 58 Marco


ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 156.1 +33.805
11 5 7 Hiroshi


JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 156.0 +34.346
12 4 5 Colin


USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 155.9 +37.123
13 3 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac

Racing Team

Ducati 154.9 +55.061
Not Classified
    65 Loris


ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 154.8 22 Laps
    11 Ben SPIES USA Monster

Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha 153.9 22 Laps
    27 Casey


AUS Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 151.7 26 Laps


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. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini

Racing Moto2

Moriwaki 150.1 43’29.277
2 20 60 Julian


SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 150.0 +1.336
3 16 3 Simone


ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 150.0 +2.831
4 13 29 Andrea


ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 149.8 +4.880
5 11 2 Gabor


HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 149.4 +13.293
6 10 40 Sergio


SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 149.4 +13.415
7 9 14 Ratthapark


THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 149.3 +14.294
8 8 10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday

Gym G22

Moriwaki 149.3 +14.554
9 7 65 Stefan


GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter 148.8 +23.503
10 6 44 Roberto


ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 148.8 +23.687
11 5 45 Scott


GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 148.8 +23.959
12 4 68 Yonny


COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 148.7 +24.955
13 3 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni

CP Racing

Moriwaki 148.7 +25.068
14 2 25 Alex


ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. 148.6 +26.023
15 1 71 Claudio


ITA Forward Racing Suter 148.5 +28.765
16   6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport

de Castello – Ajo

FTR 148.3 +32.240
17   59 Niccolo


ITA RSM Team Scot Force GP210 148.2 +33.607
18   41 Arne TODE GER Racing

Team Germany

Suter 148.1 +34.789
19   12 Thomas


SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki 147.7 +43.180
20   63 Mike DI


FRA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 147.7 +43.522
21   61 Vladimir


UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 147.4 +47.761
22   53 Valentin


FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV 147.2 +51.571
23   39 Robertino


VEN Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 146.8 +59.692
24   5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack

& Jones by A.Banderas

Promoharris 146.8 +59.939
25   88 Yannick


SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki 146.3 +1’07.377
26   8 Anthony


AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda 145.9 +1’16.171
27   21 Vladimir


RUS Vector Kiefer Racing Suter 145.8 +1’16.528
28   95 Mashel


QAT Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 145.6 +1’20.977
29   76 Bernat


SPA Maquinza-SAG Team Bimota 145.5 +1’22.982
30   77 Dominique


SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 138.2 2 Laps
Not Classified
    55 Hector


SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 143.2 10 Laps
    75 Mattia


ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 146.7 19 Laps
    48 Shoya


JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 146.7 19 Laps
    16 Jules


FRA Forward Racing Suter 149.1 20 Laps
    19 Xavier


BEL Holiday Gym Racing Moriwaki 148.1 20 Laps
    15 Alex DE


RSM RSM Team Scot Force GP210 148.1 20 Laps
    35 Raffaele


ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 147.2 21 Laps
    80 Axel PONS SPA Tenerife

40 Pons

Pons Kalex 130.1 21 Laps
    9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack

& Jones by A.Banderas

Promoharris 148.1 22 Laps
    72 Yuki


JPN Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 147.9 22 Laps
    17 Karel


CZE Cardion AB Motoracing FTR 99.2 25 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. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 44 Pol


SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 143.9 41’52.280
2 20 40 Nicolas


SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 143.9 +0.957
3 16 93 Marc


SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi 143.7 +4.428
4 13 7 Efren


SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 143.7 +4.736
5 11 38 Bradley


GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 143.6 +5.143
6 10 11 Sandro


GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 143.6 +5.847
7 9 12 Esteve


SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 143.3 +11.047
8 8 71 Tomoyoshi


JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 143.3 +11.165
9 7 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia


Aprilia 141.8 +37.808
10 6 39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar

Racing GP

Aprilia 141.7 +39.585
11 5 14 Johann


FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 141.6 +40.519
12 4 53 Jasper


NED CBC Corse Aprilia 141.6 +40.817
13 3 94 Jonas


GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 141.6 +42.149
14 2 35 Randy


SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 141.4 +44.741
15 1 26 Adrian


SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo Aprilia 141.3 +46.320
16   5 Alexis


FRA Ongetta Team Aprilia 141.3 +46.503
17   23 Alberto


SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 141.3 +46.979
18   78 Marcel


GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 140.6 +59.626
19   84 Jakub


CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 140.6 +59.770
20   50 Sturla


NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 140.3 +1’04.405
21   69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC


Aprilia 140.3 +1’05.731
22   60 Michael


NED Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 139.0 +1’28.928
23   82 Kevin


FRA Equipe de France Vitesse Espoir Honda 138.0 +1’47.143
24   81 Gregory


FRA Equipe de France Vitesse Espoir Honda 137.9 1 Lap
25   63 Zulfahmi


MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 136.5 1 Lap
26   83 Morgan


FRA Xtreme Racing Team Honda 134.6 1 Lap
Not Classified
    72 Marco


ITA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 138.4 6 Laps
    51 Riccardo


ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 137.4 8 Laps
    32 Lorenzo


ITA Matteoni CP Racing Aprilia 138.1 18 Laps

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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