Back-to-back wins for Lorenzo
Double former MotoGP World Champion, Jorge Lorezno, scored his second consecutive victory of the season after an eventful French Grand Prix at Le Mans yesterday. His win ahead of Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso sees him jumping to second place in the championship standings, 15 points behind the former.
“Winning two races in a row after finishing outside of the podium in three Grand Prix is a big contrast,” Lorenzo told the official MotoGP after the race, referring to his win at the last round in Spain.
“Before the race I was a little bit worried about the front tyre on the right side, because it was close in some corners. On the third or fourth lap it started closing, and I started worrying that I had an ever worsening tyre in the next laps, but luckily for us the tyre stayed more or less the same”.
Starting from third on the grid, the Spaniard pulled-off a rocket like to start to blast past Dovizioso and pole-sitter Marc Marquez to lead going into a the first corner, a position he would stay-in for the full 28 laps around the short 4.18 km Bugatti circuit.
Behind him though, action aplenty ensued as numerous riders went doing in quick succession, the most notable being LCR Honda teammates Jack Miller and Cal Crutchlow, Forward Yamaha rider Stefan Bradl, the Marc VDS Racing Honda of Scott Redding and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedorsa, who was making a comeback since damaging his arm at the opening round in Qatar.
The latter’s tumble, and ultimate 16th place finish, capped off a somewhat disappointing weekend for the Spanish squad as a slow start from Marquez saw the defending champion slipping back to sixth position, and seemingly unable to keep up with a fast moving Rossi, the Ducati’s of Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone as well as the Monster Tech3 Yamaha of Bradly Smith.
With Iannone starting to fall back from his teammate and the two Yamaha’s in the later stages due to the effects from a dislocated shoulder, Marquez made a bold dive down the inside at the turn 2 Dunlop Chicane, taking Smith and Iannone in one move despite the Brit having tried to execute a manoeuvre of his own on the Ducati.
A terrific cut-and-thrust battle for the next five laps saw Marquez and Iannone trading fourth place until the Spaniard succeed in easing away as the strain on the Italian’s shoulder prevented the jostling from continuing.
Smith held on to sixth place ahead of his teammate Pol Espargaro, while Ecstar Suzuki rider Maverick Viñales was the meat in a Pramac Ducati sandwich, finishing ninth behind Yonny Hernandez and ahead of Danilo Petrucci.
The next round takes place at Mugello in Italy on May 31st.
CAPTION: Jorge Lorenzo (centre) on the podium with his Yamaha teammate and championship leader Valentino Rossi (left) and Ducati's third placed finisher, Andrea Dovizioso (right) IMAGE sourced from thenewstribune.com
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