Turning our attention to the two wheeled action over the weekend from LeMans and it was an attention grabber indeed. The race at LeMans is a difficult ride which normally produces poor racing even on Moto GP bikes (2003 being a notable exception). But the Bugatti circuit at LeMans provided a stunner of a race that really livens up the championship with Casey Stoner converting his pole into a win.
The 4 factory Honda riders (Stoner, Dovi, Pedrosa and Simoncelli – despite him being on a San Carlo bike, it is a factory spec Honda as thats who his contract is with) made the first 4 places with the others seemingly following in their wake. But as Stoner shot off into the distance Simoncelli and Pedrosa battled it out with Lorenzo, Rossi and Dovizioso giving chase. However Simoncelli sent one round the outside and Pedrosa couldn’t stop in time earning Simoncelli a harsh drive through but Pedrosa with a broken collar bone – again!!
Dovizioso picked up a useful second place but his performances are still shy of the other 3 Honda boys and his days in repsol colours could be short lived if Simoncelli can finish a race without incident! Valentino Rossi ended the Ducati drought and got the final place on the podium bringing the championship a lot closer together.
It was a poor showing from the home connection with Frenchman Randy de Puniet sticking his bike in the gravel after one lap and both off the French based Tech III riders having offs as well.
Full results after the break.
Results - 28 laps: Pos Rider Team/Bike Time/Gap 1. Casey Stoner Honda 44m03.955s 2. Andrea Dovizioso Honda + 14.214s 3. Valentino Rossi Ducati + 14.564s 4. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha + 21.075s 5. Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda + 31.245s 6. Ben Spies Yamaha + 31.609s 7. Nicky Hayden Ducati + 35.566s 8. Hiroshi Aoyama Gresini Honda + 51.502s 9. Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati + 1m03.731s 10. Karel Abraham Cardion Ducati + 1m03.885s 11. Toni Elias LCR Honda + 1m04.068s 12. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki + 1m04.192s 13. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha + 2 laps Retirements: Loris Capirossi Pramac Ducati 21 laps Dani Pedrosa Honda 17 laps Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 6 laps Randy de Puniet Pramac Ducati 1 lap