MotoGP Le Mans Results 2012

May 20, 2012
Byron Wilson
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Jorge Lorenzo didnt make the front row during the LeMans qualifier.
Jorge Lorenzo scored a decisive victory in LeMans, taking the checkers by over nine seconds ahead of Valentino Rossi.

Factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo took the MotoGP win in wet conditions at Le Mans on Sunday. The Doctor, Valentino Rossi, battled his way to second place, taking his best finish of the season and best finish riding for Ducati. Rossi engaged in a fierce duel with Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner in the final laps of the race. The Italian rider made a pass in the final lap and held on to the checkers. Stoner rounded out the podium taking third.

“It was really difficult to hold concentration today, in the dry it’s complicated but in the wet it’s even more,” said Lorenzo. “The race feels much longer and you have to remember where the corners are slippery every lap. If you forget one you can crash very easily.”

Lorenzo gained an early lead and proceeded to put a substantial gap between himself and Casey Stoner. The Australian remained in second place until the final moments of the race when Rossi made his definitive move for second.

The battle raged for third through the first half of the race between Rossi and Tech 3 Yamaha riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso. The three traded positions numerous times until, with 11 laps remaining, Crutchlow slipped through a turn and came off his bike. He was able to pick up and return to the race, but could only manage to hold eighth to the checkers. Dovizioso and Rossi then went head to head for a podium finish until, with four laps to go, Dovizioso slipped and went down.
Free from the Tech 3 pressure, Rossi moved to close the gap on Stoner for second place. Both riders came upon a backmarker and Stoner was forced to slow just enough for the Italian to move up to within a second. Rossi remained on the Aussie’s back tire until the final lap of the race, where he was finally able to make a pass and make it stick. Rossi scored third place at Le Mans last year.

Valentino Rossi qualified in seventh place at LeMans  his best qualifying position so far in 2012.
Rossi scored his best qualifying position of the season at Le Mans, allowing The Doctor to start and remain at the head of the pack. He rode masterfully in the wet conditions, taking second place from Casey Stoner in the final lap at Le Mans.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa had a difficult day, falling back in the pack early on after briefly battling up front for third with Rossi and the Tech 3 team. Not known for his wet weather prowess, Pedrosa moved up to fourth after Crutchlow and Dovizioso went down. LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl suffered a crash earlier in the weekend but was able to hold steady in the main and score a top five finish, his best so far this season.

Rossi’s teammate Nicky Hayden equaled his best finish of the season in sixth place.

The track conditions were a deciding factor in Sunday’s race, confirming Rossi’s claim that the Ducati runs well in the wet, causing the Tech 3 team to lose position as well as keeping CRT rider Randy De Puniet of Power Electronics Aspar from starting with the field. The French rider lost control of his bike on the grid after the green flag went up and had to quickly switch to his other bike. Came Ioda Racing’s Danilo Petrucci led the CRT pack for a good portion of the race until sliding out with four laps remaining. The Ioda rider’s absence left the door open for James Ellison of Paul Bird Motorsports to take the highest ranking CRT place at the checkers, scoring 11th place. Rumored for replacement on the PBM squad, Ellison rebounds at Le Mans after failing to score a MotoGP point in the first three rounds and failing to finish the previous two races.
Lorenzo’s victory knocks Stoner out of the points lead, taking the top spot by eight. Stoner now holds second, 17 points ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa who remains in third place. Rossi’s performance moved him from ninth in points all the way up to sixth. Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso remain in fourth and fifth respectively.

MotoGP LeMans Results 2012:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2. Valentino Rossi (Ducati)
3. Casey Stoner (Honda)
4. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
5. Stefan Bradl (Honda)
6. Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
7. Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha)
8. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)
9. Hector Barbera (Ducati)
10. Alvaro Bautista (Honda)
11. James Ellison (ART)
12. Mattia Pasini (ART)
13. Aleix Esparagaro (ART)
14. Michele Pirro (FTR)
15. Yonny Hernandez (BQR)
16. Ben Spies (Yamaha)
17. Chris Vermeulen (Suter)
18. Ivan Silva (BQR)
NC Danilo Petrucci (Ioda)
NC Randy De Puniet (ART)
NC Karel Abraham (Ducati)

2012 MotoGP Championship Points:
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 90
2. Casey Stoner, 82
3. Dani Pedrosa, 65
4. Cal Crutchlow, 45
5. Andrea Dovizioso, 44
6. Valentino Rossi, 42
7. Stefan Bradl, 35
8. Alvaro Bautista, 35
9. Nicky Hayden, 33
10. Hector Barbera, 26