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Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi Delivery For Yamaha At French GP


Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi Delivery For Yamaha At French GP
After an amazing victory in Jerez, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo dominated the MotoGP field for a second time in a row, taking a sensational victory at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

Valentino Rossi also showed a blistering pace in the French sunshine at the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit. He claimed a strong second place and his fifth podium finish of the season.

Lorenzo was strong right from the beginning of the 28 lap sprint. Starting from third on the grid, he shot off the line to take second into the first turn and move into the lead going into the second corner. Followed by Andrea Dovizioso, he completed the first lap with already nearly half a second advantage over his rivals.

With clear track in front of him, the double premier class World Champion put the hammer down and rode consistently fast lap times in the 1'33s to manage a gap of half a second. Completely in control, Lorenzo remained unchallenged for the rest of the race.

Leading from the first lap until the chequered flag, the Spaniard claimed his second consecutive victory by 3.820s, with only his teammate besting his fastest lap of 1'33.004.

"Before the race I was a little bit worried about the front tyre on the right side, because it was close in some corners." Lorenzo admitted. "Sometimes that's worse in the race on Sunday, because it's hotter at two o'clock and you have more fuel in the tank and push more on braking.

"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. It was close in the whole race, but not becoming worse. I was pushing the whole time and when the fuel tank ran low I pushed a little bit less. So this time we have been lucky. I know that other riders also struggled with the front.

"I could improve in some areas because I lose out in some corners. It was important to be second and overtake Marc at the start and Dovizioso in the first corner. This is the way I prefer to ride, because with nobody in front I can brake perfectly, keep the corner speed and try to increase the gap, so that is what happened. It was difficult because Andrea kept a gap of under a second for a long time, but finally I could stay ahead by 1,2 or 1,4s.

"Then, when I saw Valentino in second place and in some place close in a little, I had to try to push so much, especially on braking, I could brake later and later and rode a 1'33,004, which gave me the advantage I needed to win this race. Winning two races in a row after finishing outside of the podium in three Grand Prix is a big contrast.

"These are much better results, but you have to keep your feet on the ground and not hesitate, because things can change very quickly and I can have bad results in the future. Mugello is a good track for Yamaha and especially for me, because it's my favourite track, but Valentino is also very fast there, so who knows what's going to happen."
Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi Delivery For Yamaha At French GP
Valentino Rossi continues to control the championship lead with a second place finish at LeMans - Credit: Yamaha Racing
Teammate Rossi thoroughly enjoyed today's racing action, fighting his way up the order from his seventh place grid position. The Doctor had a good start and quickly moved into fifth position to hunt down Marc Marquez, passing him with a brilliant move on his third lap.

The nine-time World Champion then set his sights on Andrea Iannone and increased his pace, posting a 1'32.879, the fastest lap of the race. With 18 laps to go Rossi made the audience cheer as he took third place and immediately put his next target, Andrea Dovizioso, under pressure.

Displaying some very clever racing, he lined his rival up and made his move at end of the fourteenth lap. Unable to close in on his teammate, who had a gap of more than 1.8s, Rossi focused on managing his advantage over Dovizioso and took a well-deserved second.

"I'm happy but we struggled too much to find the right setting in the practice, so we decided to risk and modify the bike before the race." Rossi commented. "I have to say thank you to my team because they worked very well, my bike today in the race was fantastic and I was able to push, recover and overtake and I was especially able to enjoy riding a lot.

"I started from the third row and Jorge is always very fast at the start. I had a small gap but I enjoyed the race a lot, because I could overtake and ride at the maximum. Around half way through the race I arrived in second place behind Jorge. He had around two seconds so I wasn't so far behind him and I tried the maximum, because I felt good, but he was in a perfect situation. He was in front and concentrated and he was in his 'hammer time'.

"When he is like that it's very difficult to come close to him. This weekend he was stronger than us and was better prepared for the race, so he deserved to win, but I'm happy, also for Yamaha because this year our bike is very strong.

"These twenty points are very important for the championship. We arrived late at the front, but we arrived and it was another great race. We struggled in the practice, I think that's also due to our bike a little bit, because Jorge also struggled, while he's always great at putting out one fast lap. That's our weak point, but on the other side, in the race our bike is fantastic, it's very balanced and you can push every lap and this is important.

"I arrive in Mugello with this great condition I'm in and that makes me very happy. The problem is that it's also Jorge?s favourite track! Today was a great result for our team, a Yamaha 1-2, and we hope that in Mugello we can reverse the order!"
Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi Delivery For Yamaha At French GP
Andrea Dovizioso once again impressed for Ducati finishing on the final step of the podium - Credit: Ducati
Andrea Dovizioso produced yet another fine performance at Le Mans to step onto the podium in the French Grand Prix with a third place finish.

The Italian rider, who started from the front row after going second in qualifying, got off to a good start and crossed the line at the end of lap 1 in second place behind Lorenzo, the eventual winner of the French race.

Dovizioso held on to second until lap 13, when he was passed by Rossi, and he took the chequered flag in third. Andrea is now third overall in the Riders‰Ûª championship standings.

‰ÛÏI am happy because it is always very important to score a podium finish and the one I got today confirms once again that we are competitive." Dovizioso said. "The conditions were good, but after the mid-point of the race I was no longer able to keep the pace of Lorenzo. Unfortunately the tyre had a drop in grip and I was not able to be as efficient as in the first half of the race.

"I thought my speed was good enough to get me to the flag and allow me to fight for the win, but it was not possible. This confirms that we are still missing a little something and, even though we have to be satisfied with another podium, we still have to work hard and make further improvements to the GP15‰Û
Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi Delivery For Yamaha At French GP
Marc Marquez pushed through for a fourth place finish - Credit: Honda
Defending double World Champion Marc Marquez aboard his Repsol Honda fought back tooth and nail from front-end issues at the French Grand Prix, using all his resources for a valuable fourth-place finish in a difficult race.

‰ÛÏToday the temperature rose sharply; we had not ridden in such conditions at any time this weekend." Marquez explained. "On the fourth lap I started to notice that I had a lot of problems with the front end.

"I think all the Hondas had the same trouble; in fact a lot crashed after losing front grip because we were really suffering. We knew that with a rise in temperature, conditions change, but we expected it to be for the better and this time it was for the worse.

"We must learn from this race and especially from the data we have gathered.‰Û
Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi Delivery For Yamaha At French GP
Andrea Iannone rounded out the top five - Credit: Ducati
Ducati racer Andrea Iannone, still feeling pain in his left shoulder which he injured last Tuesday during Ducati testing at Mugello, had an outstanding race. Thanks to assistance and treatment from the Clinica Mobile and his sheer determination, the rider from Vasto provided some exciting action during the race.

He powered away well at the lights, finished lap 1 in third and then maintained the same place until lap 11. After being passed by Rossi, Iannone was running fourth, but exhaustion set in and he was then caught by Smith and Marquez, who both overtook him on lap 24. At this point, Marquez and Iannone provided all the excitement for the massive Le Mans crowd, trading positions numerous times, and in the end Iannone finished a well-deserved fifth ahead of Smith.

The Italian also lies fifth overall in the championship standings with 61 points.

‰ÛÏThis was a really difficult race for me, maybe the most difficult of my career." Iannone commented. "At the start I was feeling fine, I had good pace and I was pleased with the way things were going. Up until lap 10 I was lapping quickly behind Lorenzo and Dovizioso, but then I began to feel pain in my left arm and had to use my right arm more to compensate.

"As a result I could no longer brake the way I wanted. I also made a couple of mistakes, losing some time, and I was caught by Smith and Marquez, with whom I had a really great scrap. In any case I've got to be pleased with today, because it was really difficult to finish the race, and I want to thank my team who gave me a really competitive bike that allowed me to obtain this result.

"A big thanks also to the guys in the Clinica Mobile who have been taking care of me all weekend‰Û
Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi Delivery For Yamaha At French GP
Bradley Smith had an impressive ride finishing just over 1 second behind fourth placed Marquez in sixth position - Credit: Yamaha Racing
The Yamaha Monster Tech3 pair of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro finished in 6th and 7th respectively, while Parmac Racing riders Yonny Hernandez and Danilo Petruccis finished in 8th and 10th, being split by the Suzuki of Maverick Vinales in 9th.

Australian's Jack Miller crashed out of the race after losing the front end of his bike as he like most riders struggled with front end grip in the warmer race conditions. Miller was one of seven riders to record a DNF, joining regular front runner and team-mate Cal Crutchlow on the sidelines before the race was over.
Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi Delivery For Yamaha At French GP
Jorge Lorenzo celebrates his win in France - Credit: Yamaha Racing
MotoGP Race Results:
1 Jorge Lorenzo 43'44.143 ESP YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
2 Valentino Rossi 43'47.963 ITA YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
3 Andrea Dovizioso 43'56.523 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
4 Marc Marquez 44'04.033 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Andrea Iannone 44'04.380 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
6 Bradley Smith 44'05.288 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Pol Espargaro 44'19.636 ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Yonny Hernandez 44'23.744 COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
9 Maverick Vinales 44'25.714 ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
10 Danilo Petrucci 44'26.932 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Nicky Hayden 44'37.779 USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
12 Loris Baz 44'44.760 FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
13 Hector Barbera 44'48.415 ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing
14 Eugene Laverty 44'49.402 HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
15 Alvaro Bautista 44'49.658 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
16 Dani Pedrosa 45'05.050 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
17 Alex de Angelis 45'05.806 ART Octo IodaRacing Team
18 Marco Melandri 44'22.904 APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
19 Jack Miller DNF AUS HONDA CWM LCR Honda
20 Karel Abraham DNF CZE HONDA AB Motoracing
21 Cal Crutchlow DNF GBR HONDA CWM LCR Honda
22 Scott Redding DNF GBR HONDA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
23 Mike De Meglio DNF FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing
24 Aleix Espargaro DNF ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
25 Stefan Bradl DNF GER FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi Delivery For Yamaha At French GP
MotoGP Podium - Credit: Ducati
Championship standings
1 Valentino Rossi 102 pts
2 Jorge Lorenzo 87 pts
3 Andrea Dovizioso 83 pts
4 Marc Marquez 69 pts
5 Andrea Iannone 61 pts
6 Cal Crutchlow 47 pts
7 Bradley Smith 46 pts
8 Pol Espargaro 35 pts
9 Aleix Espargaro 31 pts
10 Maverick Vinales 27 pts
11 Danilo Petrucci 25 pts
12 Yonny Hernandez 20 pts
13 Hector Barbera 13 pts
14 Scott Redding 13 pts
15 Dani Pedrosa 10 pts
16 Nicky Hayden 8 pts
17 Jack Miller 6 pts
18 Loris Baz 6 pts
19 Hiroshi Aoyama 5 pts
20 Alvaro Bautista 3 pts
21 Eugene Laverty 2 pts
22 Stefan Bradl 1 pts

Top Image: Jorge Lorenzo on his way to the race win at Le-mans a win that elevated him to second place in the championship standings

Credit: Yamaha Racing

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