Moto2: Lorenzo scores another victory
Jorge Lorenzo continued his dominance of the 250cc class by winning the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, his fourth victory in five races
San Marino's Alex de Angelis and Italian Andrea Dovizioso challenged the Spaniard, but ultimately had to settle for third and second position respectively.
Polesitter Lorenzo had a good getaway and kept the lead at the first corner, while Alvaro Bautista had a fine start from fifth to slot into second.
After two laps Dovizioso was behind Hector Barbera, who was following the leading duo.
Lap five saw Bautista outbraking himself and going off into the gravel. He rejoined the race in 19th place and recovered many positions, ultimately finishing the race in eighth place.
Meanwhile, de Angelis got up to fifth place, just behind Barbera, who was overtaken by lap seven. On the same lap Karel Abraham and Jules Cruzel hit each other and crashed out of the race.
On the eighth lap Dovizioso passed Lorenzo for first place, soon followed two laps later by de Angelis overtaking the Spaniard for second.
On lap 15 de Angelis took first place from Dovizioso, but most of the action happened on the next lap.
Lorenzo overtook Dovizioso for second, with de Angelis opening a bit of a gap over the two. Dovizioso then overtook Lorenzo back, but the Spaniard managed to take back second place and went a bit wide in the last corner.
When Lorenzo rejoined the middle of the track, his Aprilia hit Dovizioso's Honda. The two luckily didn't fall off, but when the race was over Dovizioso claimed that the contact ruined his rear brake, preventing him from riding normally for the rest of the race.
On lap 21 de Angelis missed a gear and was passed by Lorenzo for first place. Two laps later he was also overtaken by Dovizioso for second.
The last lap saw Dovizioso setting the fastest lap of the race on his way to second place. Three seconds behind third-placed de Angelis was Barbera in fourth and Julian Simon in fifth.
Some 16 seconds further back was Marco Simoncelli in fifth, who managed to pass Mika Kallio on the last lap. Bautista, Shuhei Aoyama, and Anthony West rounded up the top ten.
Roberto Locatelli in the end didn't take part in the race, despite having entered the qualifying sessions in the previous two days.
The Italian should be back for his home Grand Prix at Mugello in a fortnight's time, a little over two months after suffering multiple injuries in the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez.
Pos Rider Bike Time 1. Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia 43:12.237 2. Andrea Dovizioso Honda + 0.156 3. Alex de Angelis Aprilia + 2.733 4. Hector Barbera Aprilia + 5.971 5. Julian Simon Honda + 6.111 6. Marco Simoncelli Gilera + 22.753 7. Mika Kallio KTM + 23.139 8. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia + 27.416 9. Shuhei Aoyama Honda + 28.915 10. Anthony West Aprilia + 33.950 11. R.Wilairot Honda + 57.900 12. Fabrizio Lai Aprilia + 58.011 13. Alex Baldolini Aprilia +1:06.251 14. Taro Sekiguchi Aprilia +1:06.720 15. Eugene Laverty Honda +1:07.649 16. Dirk Heidolf Aprilia +1:14.837 17. Arturo Tizon Aprilia +1:31.455 18. Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +1:39.701 Not classified/retirements: Imre Toth Aprilia Hiroshi Aoyama KTM Jules Cluzel Aprilia Karel Abraham Aprilia Thomas Luthi Aprilia R.Locatelli Gilera
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