Simoncelli’s moto madness closes up the standings

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


     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

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