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Lorenzo wins 2010 Le Mans GP

Jorge Lorenzo stormed clear of Valentino Rossi to take the second win in a row at 2010 Le Mans MotoGP, making it three victories from three races for the Fiat Yamaha Team this year. Rossi overcame a few problems with both his bike and his shoulder to finish second, while the Spaniard, Andrea Dovizioso came in third.

Rossi started from pole and got a brilliant start to lead out of the first turn. Lorenzo has suffered lately when starting but recent work in testing paid off as the 23-year-old slipped just one place to third, before passing Pedrosa back soon after to retake second. The Italian and the two Spaniards soon stretched out a gap from the chasing pack and Lorenzo started to look menacing on his team-mate’s rear wheel, trying to pass a few times but failing as Rossi braked deeper and deeper.

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It was not until lap twelve that the 23-year-old managed to overtake Rossi and managed to pull away, as the World Champion struggled to find enough grip on acceleration to stay with Lorenzo. Lorenzo eventually crossed the line 5.672 seconds ahead to take his first back-to-back wins in MotoGP and stand on top of the Le Mans podium for the second year running.

Lorenzo extends his championship lead to nine points from Rossi, whilst the Fiat Yamaha lead the Team standings and Yamaha the Constructors’. The next round comes at Rossi’s home fortress of Mugello, in two week’s time.

Speaking to the media after the race, Lorenzo said, “I am so happy to win for the second race in a row, it’s the first time for me in MotoGP and it makes me feel very confident in myself. Finally I did a good start, which I’m really happy about, then I easily got past Pedrosa. Passing Valentino wasn’t so easy because he was braking so deep and I had to be very patient, something that I might not have managed one year ago! Finally I overtook him but I didn’t expect to be able to go away in that way, my bike and Bridgestone tyres just felt so good and it wasn’t difficult for me to keep this pace up. I have had a good time in Le Mans since I joined Yamaha; one second and two victories, so I think I can say I enjoy racing here in France! It is fantastic to be leading the championship but there is a long way to go and now we go to Mugello, a track that I love but where my rivals are very strong. Thank you to my team and everyone at Yamaha for this great weekend.”

2010 Le Mans MotoGP results

1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team44’29.114
2.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team+ 5.672
3.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team+ 7.872
4.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team+ 9.346
5.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team+ 12.613
6.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 21.918
7.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP+ 29.288
8.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team+ 33.128
9.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team+ 33.493
10.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 33.805
11.Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP+ 34.346
12.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 37.123
13.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team+ 55.061

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Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP22 Lap
Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 322 Lap
Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team26 Lap

2010 MotoGP Championship Standings

1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team70
2.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team61
3.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team42
4.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team40
5.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team39
6.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP26
7.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini21
8.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 316
9.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini16
10.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team15
11.Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP13
12.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team12
13.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 311
14.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team11
15.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team8
16.Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP7
17.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP6

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