Results of the MotoGP race at Le Mans:
The MotoGP race was run on a drying track, the riders leaving on rain tires. Lorenzo grabbed the lead on the first lap, and left the rest of the field behind. Pitting early for tires turned out to be a big mistake, riders who did so taking a long time before their slick tires could do times to match the fading wets. Valentino Rossi was first into the pits, and the biggest loser of the day, crashing after changing to slick tires, then remounting, going back into the pits for another bike, then a ride through, then switching bikes again.
Jorge Lorenzo had no such problems, riding a perfect race, his lead never in any danger. Marco Melandri stayed out for a long time too, and scored a fantastic podium on the Kawasaki, the best result for a long time. Dani Pedrosa caught team mate Andrea Dovizioso on the last lap, then passed to snatch 3rd.
|11||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||48'46.228||53.550|
|14||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||49'03.977||1'11.299|
|16||46||Valentino ROSSI||YAMAHA||49'28.685||2 laps|
|36||Mika KALLIO||DUCATI||20'47.302||17 laps|