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2012 MotoGP LeMans Photo Gallery
Rossi battled with Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso before both crashed out, leaving Rossi free to contend with Stoner for second place.
Check out the action from LeMans in the fourth round of 2012 MotoGP.
Jorge Lorenzo didn't make the front row during the LeMans qualifier.
Alvaro Bautista held down eighth place in qualifying.
Casey Stoner held the top qualifying time for a period, but was surpassed by teammate Dani Pedrosa.
Dani Pedrosa earned his first pole position in 2012 at LeMans.
Dani Pedrosa at LeMans, heading into Sunday's race in first position.
Stefan Bradl was one of the first riders to switch over to slick tires in Saturday's qualifier.
Nicky Hayden rode high on the timesheet in qualifying for a bit, but fell back by the end of the session to 11th place.
Valentino Rossi qualified in seventh place at LeMans, his best qualifying position so far in 2012.
Chris Vermeulen is filling in for Colin Edwards at LeMans.
Valentino Rossi took second place at Le Mans.,
Ben Spies of Factory Yamaha took sixth in qualifying at LeMans.
Nickey Hayden and Valentino Rossi in the Ducati paddock.
Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner locked in battle toward the end of the Le Mans race.
Rossi gets the good news from his Ducati team.
Stoner out ahead of Rossi, though the tables were about to turn.
Lorenzo (center) in first, Rossi (left) in second and Stoner (right) in third.
Andrea Dovizioso is looking to become a constant podium threat this season.
Crutchlow looked strong at Le Mans before crashing out in Sunday's race.
Dovizioso and Crutchlow battled with Rossi for much of the race at Le Mans.
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