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MotoGP Americans: Le Mans Results

Le Mans Results

It was another magnificent race for the 2010 MotoGP World Championship that took place at the French Grand Prix in Le Mans last weekend. Jorge Lorenzo emerged victorious to extend his lead at the top of the standings to nine points.

Defending World Champion Valentino Rossi finished second as he collected further valuable points in the race for his tenth world title across all classes, and Andrea Dovizioso came out on top in a fierce contest for the final spot on the podium.

American MotoGP riders had mixed results in Le Mans, with the 2006 MotoGP World Champion, Nicky Hayden, continuing to show fight.

Nicky Hayden: 4th

Hayden produced another valiant challenge for a podium position in the Grand Prix de France at Le Mans, finishing fourth in a race that saw his Ducati Marlboro teammate Casey Stoner suffer the misfortune of a crash while trying to close the gap to the front three.

Hayden created plenty of excitement for the Ducatisti amongst an 82,000 crowd to enjoy as Hayden took the fight to the frontrunners, passing Dani Pedrosa to take fourth place on the final lap, crossing the line just 1.5 seconds behind Andrea Dovizioso in third.

Hayden says: "I just dug in and started going a little faster. I was pushing so hard to try and get those guys and finish on the podium but I couldn’t get close enough. As we say in America ‘close only counts in horseshoes and washers’ but I know I couldn’t have ridden any harder today and the team did a great job, so my heartfelt thanks go to them."

Colin Edwards: 12th

Edwards was engaged in an exciting mid-pack fight that included teammate Ben Spies, Loris Capirossi and rookies Marco Simoncelli and Hector Barbera.

Despite not feeling 100 per cent comfortable with the race set-up of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 machine, Edwards rode with dogged determination to hold a place in the top ten until lap 23.

Edwards continued to give his maximum effort but was unable to prevent dropping to 12th by the end, the American continuing his 100 per cent points-scoring record in 2010.

Edwards says: "I came here expecting a much better result but we’ll regroup and try and be much stronger at Mugello."

Ben Spies: DNF

The 28-lap MotoGP race ended in disappointment for 25-year-old-rookie Ben Spies. The high-side crash during the final practice session inflicted an injury on Spies’ foot that hampered the reigning World Superbike Champion.

Spies quickly made up two places in the early stages but as his confidence grew and he stared to mount a surge towards the group battling for the top six, he suffered an unlucky crash out of 11th place on lap seven at the third corner.

Spies says: "It was a weird crash but luckily I didn’t pick up any further injury. Now I can take this week off and rest and go to Mugello to push at 100 per cent. It has been a rough last couple of races but I’m still confident I can be closer to the front when things are right and be doing a lot better."

World Champion in MotoGP / 500cc from UNITED STATES

Season Category Rider Country Constructor
2006 MotoGP Hayden,

Nicky

UNITED STATES Honda
2000 500cc Roberts

Jr, Kenny

UNITED STATES Suzuki
1993 500cc Schwantz,

Kevin

UNITED STATES Suzuki
1992 500cc Rainey,

Wayne

UNITED STATES Yamaha
1991 500cc Rainey,

Wayne

UNITED STATES Yamaha
1990 500cc Rainey,

Wayne

UNITED STATES Yamaha
1989 500cc Lawson,

Eddie

UNITED STATES Honda
1988 500cc Lawson,

Eddie

UNITED STATES Yamaha
1986 500cc Lawson,

Eddie

UNITED STATES Yamaha
1985 500cc Spencer,

Freddie

UNITED STATES Honda
1984 500cc Lawson,

Eddie

UNITED STATES Yamaha
1983 500cc Spencer,

Freddie

UNITED STATES Honda
1980 500cc Roberts,

Kenny

UNITED STATES Yamaha
1979 500cc Roberts,

Kenny

UNITED STATES Yamaha
1978 500cc Roberts,

Kenny

UNITED STATES Yamaha

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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