Lorenzo utterly dominant in Le Mans

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Jorge Lorenzo has utterly dominated the MotoGP field in Le Mans to convert his astonishing pole position into a flag-to-flag race victory: while chaos reigned behind him.

Lorenzo was unstoppable from the beginning of the race, but, setting a huge pace at the front meant that almost half the chasing pack fell trying to keep up with him!

Andrea Iannone was the first faller, crashing out of second place, followed shortly after by simultaneous turn five falls for Marc Marquez and the second Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso.

That left Valentino Rossi, charging through toe pack and passing the duo before their crashes, to inherit second, while behind them Maverick Viñales finally took his maiden MotoGP podium in third.

However, Iannone, Marquez and Dovizioso weren’t the only followers, with Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith, Jack Miller, Tito Rabat and Yonny Hernandez also falling, while Scott Redding was the victim of yet another mechanical DNF.

That left Dani Pedrosa to inherit fourth, ahead of Pol and Aleix Espargaró, with Petrucci, Barbera, Bautista and Bradl rounding out the top ten. Eugene Laverty finished eleventh after mechanical problems left him nursing the bike home, with Loris Baz twelfth and Marquez salvaging two points in thirteenth and last.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer