Oakley's Jorge Lorenzo Wins At 2010 Le Mans MotoGP

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Oakley’s Jorge Lorenzo won the French MotoGp race at the Le Mans racetrack, in Le Mans, western France on Sunday. The win gives Lorenzo his first back-to-back MotoGP wins, and carries him forward in the MotoGP Championship to 70 points. 

The weather was perfect for round three of the MotoGP Championship in France, with sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80s.  Valentino Rossi of Italy, with an unusually strong start, led the pack through the first turns, and was set to dominate the race.  Jorge Lorenzo had other plans.

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 teammate. The early race order saw Ducati Marlboro pair Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso inside the top five.

A decisive moment in the race took place on the second lap when Stoner slid out at Turn 6, and the Australian was unable to get back on his Desmosedici GP10 machine as he experienced the second non-finish of his season. Shortly after, Loris Capirossi and Ben Spies also went down with falls.

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 and this time made his move stick as he moved into first and began to open up an advantage.

The battle for third was also an extremely engrossing one involving another pair of teammates. Pedrosa and Dovizioso were tight in third and fourth, with Hayden refusing to lose touch in fifth. Lorenzo’s lead over Rossi at the front had stretched to over four seconds with four laps to go, and Pedrosa and Dovizioso were now locked in a duel for the final podium spot. A thrilling last lap played out as Dovizioso forced his way past Pedrosa to take third, and Hayden also squeezed past the Spaniard. 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.

After the race Jorge commented, “It was difficult to be patient, and to wait so many laps for my moment.” 

Stay tuned for round four of the MotoGP Championship at Mugello, Italy on June 6th.

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May 25, 2010