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May 15, 2011

Updated: MotoGP Race In France Won By Large Margin

Casey Stoner (27) leads Dani Pedrosa (26) and the rest of the MotoGP field at the French Grand Prix.
FIM MotoGP World Championship
Le Mans, France
May 15
Race Results (all on Bridgestone tires):

1. Casey STONER, Australia (HONDA), 28 laps, 44:03.955
2. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Italy (HONDA), -14.214 seconds
3. Valentino ROSSI, Italy (DUCATI), -14.564
4. Jorge LORENZO, Spain (YAMAHA), -21.075
5. Marco SIMONCELLI, Italy (HONDA), -31.245, ride-through penalty
6. Ben SPIES, USA (YAMAHA), -31.609
7. Nicky HAYDEN, USA (DUCATI), -35.566
8. Hiroshi AOYAMA, Japan (HONDA), -51.502
9. Hector BARBERA, Spain (DUCATI), -63.731
10. Karel ABRAHAM, Czech Republic (DUCATI), -63.885
11. Toni ELIAS, Spain (HONDA), -64.068
12. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Spain (SUZUKI), -64.192
13. Colin EDWARDS, USA (YAMAHA), -2 laps, crash
14. Loris CAPIROSSI, Italy (DUCATI), -7 laps, DNF, crash
15. Dani PEDROSA, Spain (HONDA), -11 laps, DNF, crash
16. Cal CRUTCHLOW, Great Britain (YAMAHA), -22 laps, DNF, crash
17. Randy DE PUNIET, France (DUCATI), -27 laps, DNF, crash


World Championship Point Standings (after 4 of 18 races):

1. Lorenzo, 78 points
2. Stoner, 66 points
3. Pedrosa, 61 points
4. Dovizioso, 50 points
5. Rossi, 47 points
6. Hayden, 39 points
7. Aoyama, 36 points
8. Simoncelli, 22 points
9. TIE, Edwards/Barbera/Crutchlow, 21 points
12. Spies, 20 points
13. Abraham, 18 points
14. Elias, 17 points
15. Capirossi, 9 points
16. Bautista, 7 points
17. TIE, De Puniet/John Hopkins, 6 points




More, from a press release issued by Rizla Suzuki:

Rizla Suzuki's Álvaro Bautista produced another strong performance as he fought fairing-to-fairing right to the chequered flag at Le Mans today.

Bautista got off the line well at the start of the race, but was boxed in on the first couple of corners and found himself relegated to last place by the end of the first lap. Bautista composed himself and set about catching and passing the riders in front of him and on lap five he got involved in a five man battle that would carry on until the end of the race. Bautista picked each rider off over the middle section of the race to move up to ninth place, but a mistake later on saw him lose two places. The battling Spaniard was then hit from behind by Loris Capirossi, as Bautista also came together with Hector Barbera an incident that saw Capirossi crash out. This caused Bautista to lose time to the pack and although he fought back to the group, he didn't have enough laps for another attack and had to settle for 12th place, just 0.463 seconds from ninth position.

Over 88,000 enthusiastic French fans watched the race at trackside, as the storm clouds that threatened stayed away and allowed for a dry race. Honda's Casey Stoner completed a dominant weekend's work by winning the race by over 14 seconds from team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo still leads the riders' standing after four rounds.

Rizla Suzuki will now travel to Spain for the next round of the MotoGP World Championship that sees the Montmelo circuit near Barcelona stage race five in this season's calendar on Sunday 5th June.

Álvaro Bautista:

"This is my first race this year because in Estoril I raced alone, but today I was able to fight with other riders! We managed to finish the race and get more kilometres under our belts, but I did not have the same feeling today as we had yesterday. I felt like I had no good rear grip in the exit of the corner and the bike was spinning a lot and I struggled to stay with the group going for places in the top-10. I made a mistake when I tried to pass Abraham later on as I touched the gear lever and went into neutral and lost some time, and I also had a bit of an incident with Loris and Hector. I tried to catch the group at the end, but it was very difficult to get past them. This is another race completed and I felt more competitive than in Estoril. This race was good for getting the racing feeling back and being able to overtake other riders and fight with them. I did many overtakes under braking and enjoyed the race very much but not the result! I think if my rhythm had been better I could have finished in the top-10.

"I want to thank all my team, because it has been a difficult weekend with some strange weather conditions, we tried to do the best we could and make a good bike for these conditions."

Paul Denning Team Manager:

"This weekend has been a successful second step for Álvaro's recovery, and the fact that he's ridden the bike in Estoril and here in Le Mans is a great result in itself compared to what most people involved in MotoGP thought would happen. The general consensus was to come back at Catalunya, and that was as good as we could expect. Now we have two race-weekends under our belt, his first battle with other riders since Valencia last year and a good platform to really start our season. In Barcelona the Rizla Suzuki goes well there, the rider will be back to full strength and we're all looking forward to it!"




More, from a press release issued by Bridgestone:

Stoner triumphs in Le Mans as records fall on new rear tyre

Round 4: French GP Race
Le Mans Circuit, Sunday 15 May 2011

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium. Rear (asymmetric): Soft, Medium

Casey Stoner completed his master class today with a dominant victory on Bridgestone's new soft rear tyre, setting a provisional new lap record and setting a new record total race time by a staggering 25seconds.

As the track temperature was lower under overcast skies, every rider today chose the new soft rear slick alongside the harder front tyre. On just the fourth lap of the race, Stoner dipped under the lap record and proceeded to deliver a string of consistent laps in the 1m 33second bracket to set his fastest total race time. Marco Simoncelli also went faster than the existing lap record but it was Dani Pedrosa who was the fastest man overall, setting the new lap record at 1m 33.617 seconds to go some 0.6seconds faster than the previous benchmark.

Stoner led from the second lap and, after an intense battle with Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa in the first half, pulled away from the field. Further back the sailing was not so smooth however. As Pedrosa slipped into the clutches of Simoncelli in third, the two came together entering turn nine and Pedrosa crashed, breaking his collarbone. Simoncelli was given a ride-through penalty for the incident that dropped him to an eventual fifth.

A battle for fourth was already raging between Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi and the demise of the two Hondas promoted this to a fight for second, which was ultimately claimed by Dovizioso in his best result of the season just ahead of Rossi in his first podium finish aboard the Ducati.

Taka Horio General Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
"Casey rode a fantastic race today and has shown remarkable pace all weekend, so many congratulations to him and the Repsol Honda Team. It is also good for the fans and the sport to see Valentino on the podium for the first time with Ducati. I'd also like to wish Dani a fast and uncomplicated recovery from his injury today and hope that he can return to the championship soon. It is good to see a record number of MotoGP spectators for Le Mans today which is a sign of the appeal and strength of the championship, and I am pleased Bridgestone can support such an exciting series."

Masao Azuma Chief Field Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport
"All weekend I have been pleased with the performance and consistency of our new soft rear tyre, and in the race it again showed its strength. Outright performance was good with the top three riders under the existing lap record, and durability and consistency were also satisfying. Eighteen of Casey's laps were faster than the existing lap record, and in addition to his new total race time record, the top four riders were all faster than last year's winning total race time."

Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Team Race Winner
"I made a terrible start but I was pretty aggressive into the first corner so didn't lose too much. At the start Dani was being conservative with the left side of his tyres but my tyres came up to temperature faster than his so I wanted to get past and make an advantage. Once I got past him I tried to stay consistent but Dani stayed with me so I had to keep lifting the pace and every time he matched my pace. Then I took a small advantage and was able to sustain those laptimes to the end. It's been an awesome weekend and I'm really happy with the way the bike is working."




More, from a press release issued by Repsol Honda:

Stoner and Dovizioso complete fantastic Repsol Honda 1-2, but despair for Pedrosa

The Repsol Honda team has experienced the best and worst sides of racing in the Grand Prix of France. Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso reached the first and second steps of the podium, but at the same time in the circuit medical centre, team mate Dani Pedrosa discovered his right collarbone was broken.

It was the second victory of the season for Casey Stoner who was untouchable throughout the whole weekend at Le Mans, and the first podium of the season for Andrea Dovizioso. Dani Pedrosa, who set the new circuit record with a time of 1'33.617 on his 9th lap, was also fighting for a podium finish when on lap 18, a risky manoeuvre from Marco Simoncelli sent him into the gravel. Casey increased the gap at the front and Andrea showed his best performance to fight for second position with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

This is the third time this season the Repsol Honda team sees two of its three riders reach the podium, after also doing so in Qatar and Estoril with Stoner and Pedrosa. With this result, Jorge Lorenzo still leads the Championship with Stoner 12 points behind in second, Pedrosa 17 points behind in third and Dovizioso 28 points behind in fourth.

Dani Pedrosa left the circuit immediately after the race in order to check in Barcelona if a new operation will be necessary.

CASEY STONER 1st 2nd in Championship, 66 points

"The whole weekend has gone so well for us, arriving here from the Portugal test with the bike almost the same and we have improved small things here and there and only needed to adjust the set up for this circuit. We went into the race confident, at the beginning of the race Dani was very fast and he was difficult to pass as he as being cautious. When I overtook him I thought I might be able to take some advantage but he was able to match my times and follow me for some laps, so I continued to push more than I prefer to and eventually I put a gap between us. From this point the race came to me and I was able to focus on my consistency and win. A big thanks to the team and everyone for all their hard work, but my thoughts are with Dani at this moment, I hope he can recover soon as he is a very strong contender for this Championship".

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO 2nd 4th in Championship, 50 points

"I'm really happy with the second position today, it's so important for the Championship and it arrives after a start of the season, where we didn't get the results we expected. We did a very good job with the team since the beginning of the weekend and I knew I could fight for the podium, but I didn't expect second place. I had a great battle with Valentino and to beat him always has a special taste, and it's a good fun to get the podium after a hard fight. I was losing a lot in two areas but I was strong in braking, so I made a good strategy and once I overtook him, I pushed 100 percent not to have him too close especially in turns 10 and 11, where he was faster. Concerning the race, I had a good start, Lorenzo's strong overtaking slowed me down a little, but then I pushed to recover the gap. We had good pace, but we need to be faster. We have to keep on working to reduce the gap to stay with the front riders from the beginning. Dani today was very unlucky and I hope he can recover soon."


DANI PEDROSA DNF 3rd in Championship, 61 points

"I was having a good race, the goal was to ensure another podium and I had it in my grasp. But it counts for nothing. Simoncelli overtook me, I passed him back and I had the better line, he just came into me releasing the brakes and I could do nothing. I leave here with a broken collarbone and he with a ride through penalty, good for him! Yet again I come out worse off. We only just recovered from the nightmare of the last operation and now I'm hurt again. It is very unfair, I don't deserve it".




More, from a press release issued by LCR Honda:

Le Mans, 15 May: In a thrilling 28-lap race LCR Honda MotoGP rider Toni Elias finished 11th in today's French Grand Prix at a cloudy "24 heures circuit du Mans" which saw Stoner taking his second victory. Toni Elias had a tough time in qualifying, ending yesterday afternoon's session in 17th, albeit only 2.280s down on pole position but the Spaniard took a good start from the last spot on the grid engaging a close battle with a 4-rider group.

At 15 laps to go, when he was leading the group, Elias had a small highside banging his foot on the bike but he stayed on proceeding his positive race and gaining further 5 points in the world standing. Elias will return on track for his home GP in Catalunya on the 5th of June.

Elias - 11th: "We have been afraid about the warm up of the tyres because the track temperature was colder compared to the practices but at the end it was not so bad. Our rear traction problem is not solved yet but now I can see progressive improvements and I want to thank the team for their good work. When I was leading the small group in the back I thought that I could catch Aoyama but suddenly I have suffered a bike shaking banging my feet on the fairing. My leather security airbag activated and I could not ride properly for a couple of laps till it went down. After that I pushed to catch the group again but could not finish in the top ten. Anyway it has been a positive week end and I hope to see a further improvements at my home GP".




More, from a press release issued by Monster Yamaha Tech 3:

Edwards and Crutchlow battle for top six in Le Mans

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team ended its home race at the historic Le Mans circuit pondering what might have been after Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow both crashed out of contention for a top six finish in a pulsating French MotoGP race today.

Edwards battled to a determined 13th place finish after he'd tumbled out of seventh position at the first chicane on lap 14. The Texan had produced a stunning early charge to keep himself in contention with a group featuring Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo, but lost the front-end of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 at the first left-hander.

Edwards lost his left footpeg in the slow speed fall but remounted and returned to the pits. Thanks to the quick work of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew, he was quickly back on track and able to score three World Championship points that keep him inside the top ten of the overall rankings after four rounds.

Crutchlow's bid to claim a career best premier class finish was ended on the sixth of 28-laps while he was lying in ninth position and building up his speed to launch an attack on 2009 World Superbike champion and former Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Ben Spies.

Crutchlow was only 0.2s behind Spies when he lost the front-end at Turn 6. Determined to get back in the race, Crutchlow's hopes of fighting his way back into the points were ended by a minor throttle issue that prevented him from continuing.


Colin Edwards 13th - 21 points

"I got one of the best starts I'v e had in a long time and I just flew off the line but it was the usual jostle for position at the first corner. I got a bit of clear track in front of me and I could see Valentino was coming back to me a little bit and Dovizioso and Lorenzo were also just in front of him. I rode at my absolute maximum to try and stay with them because I really wanted to get a top six for Tech 3 and for Monster. I was losing four of five bike lengths though coming onto the back straight and then I'd also lose a bit more time at the next chicane because I wasn't that fast through there. I could see the gap was staying at 1.5s and there was nothing I could do. I wasn't making mistakes but neither were they, so I could see them but just not get close enough. When I crashed it didn't feel like I was doing anything too stupid. I was on the same line and I didn't get in there too hot. Normally you get a bit of warning when the front is going to tuck, but I had nothing. I was already looking through at the next corner and then I was down. I broke the footpeg off but came back to the pits and went out again and salvaged a couple of points, which might prove valuable at the end of the year."

Cal Crutchlow DNF 21 points

"I'm pretty disappointed because looking at how the race panned out I could have been in sixth place because when I crashed I was having a good battle with Ben. I'd caught him quite easily and was looking forward to a good race when I made a stupid little mistake in Turn 6. I touched the kerb and I lost the front. I literally fell off the side of the bike and that was it. It is disappointing because I had the pace to get another top eight, but these things can happen when you're pushing so hard in a competitive class like MotoGP. I managed to get back on the bike but there was a problem with the throttle, so it was impossible for me to carry on. I showed my raw speed all weekend so I'm not going to be too hard on myself, though I was desperate to get a good result for Tech 3 and Monster."

Herve Poncharal Team Manager

"The whole weekend has been really good and as usual and it was just a shame that we couldn't get the results that Colin and Cal's speed deserved. But both of them are always giving their absolute maximum and that is all I can ask. In the race Cal didn't get such a good start, but he recovered and was right behind Ben. From that moment we thought he could have had a strong race but unfortunately a little mistake cost him a lot. When you see Ben finishing sixth, then you can't help wonder whether Cal could have scored his best result in MotoGP. Colin was very fast and very aggressive. He was looking strong for a top six finish, but then also he crashed. It is strange because our two guys don't usually c rash and yet both of them have crashed on the same day in our home race. That's a pity but we will stay positive. They were both fast during the race and we move to Barcelona in confident mood. We wanted to do better for the French fans who came to support Tech 3 and for our sponsors Monster, who have done another amazing job in supporting the Le Mans event."




More, from a press release issued by Pramac Racing Team:

DE PUNIET AND CAPIREX OUT AT LE MANS GRAND PRIX. CONCENTRATION NOW GOES TO BARCELONA ROUND

The unbelievable happened in Le Mans in Sunday's fourth grand prix of the season. Really a lot of anger and bad luck at the Pramac Racing garage. It all started during the warm up, when Casey Stoner, Honda Hrc, has become the protagonist of a argument with De Puniet on track, guilty of having cut the road. The Australian has responded with a punch on the Frenchman shoulder, but fortunately everything was clear out when the two riders meet after warm up. Randy apologized with Casey for putting on his way, and the same has done the Australian with the Frenchman about his reaction.

In the race, things did not go well at all. De Puniet race lasted only a few turns: the front of his bike let him down and he felt not even concluding the first lap. A pity as Randy wanted to do well in front of his own crowed. Loris Capirossi, however, was the victim of an error of Bautista, who hit the green and white rider with only seven laps left in the race. These things happen, but from the next appointment, in Barcelona, the Pramac Racing Team will try to straighten the season up as it didn't start in the best ways.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Technical Director Pramac Racing

"Today, unfortunately, there is nothing to say. Randy crashed by himself, he lost the front of the bike and he fell after a lap. Really a shame, we could have a good race. Loris, instead, tried to stay in the group, but all of a sudden Bautista lowered his speed and Loris couldn't manage to avoid touching him and found himself on the ground. Now Loris has the arm bandaged, but we hope that isn't nothing serious".

Loris Capirossi Pramac Racing Team DNF"

"So much, so much bad luck today. I was waiting for the end of the race to attack the group, I had the chance to recover some positions. Then Bautista has slowed suddenly as he was fighting as well with another rider and I couldn't avoid to touch him and this made me fall. There is always something wrong, unfortunately. Now there is little to say, this race has to be soon forgot. Next round at Barcelona, hoping that luck will assist us."

Randy De Puniet Pramac Racing Team DNF"

"I do not know what to say, I do not understand how I managed to fall like this. It's been very strange, the front has suddenly lost the grip and I slipped. I'm disappointed, I am angry: I wanted to do well in this race. Tomorrow I'll only have in mind the next GP in Barcelona, but now I cannot forget what happened today. I'm sorry about what happened this morning with Casey. I was adjusting the brake, thinking that I had no one behind. Then, suddenly, I saw Casey coming behind me at full speed, I tried to leave the road to him, but unfortunately I went where he was pointing. I'm sorry and even if his reaction was not the best, for me it's all put in the past and I have nothing wrong against him."




More, from a press release issued by Dorna Communications:

Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner secured victory for the first time in his career at the Le Mans circuit in Sunday's Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. It was a close battle until the very end between two Italians for second place but it was the second Repsol Honda of Andrea Dovizioso who clinched the 20 points, ahead of Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) who achieved his first rostrum riding the Desmosedici.

Stoner took his 25th premier class career win after a dominant ride to pull away at the front and win by a margin of over 14 seconds. With his second win of the season, the Australian has now jumped up to second place in the standings, 12 points behind Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing).

It was a record-breaking attendance for the French GP with 88,400 fans attending the Le Mans circuit on Sunday. The rain managed to stay away and an eventful race was enjoyed by the large and enthusiastic crowd. There was action throughout the field but at the end all eyes were on the dice between Dovizioso and Rossi. As in the previous race in Portugal, the Honda rider managed to deny the advances of the nine-time World Champion and record his best finish of this year's campaign so far, whilst Rossi scored his best result of the season four rounds in.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), who had made one his trademark rocket starts, led Stoner for the first lap until his team-mate came through on the next lap to take control of the race. The Spaniard stayed with the race leader for the first half of the 28-lap race, until he fell into the clutches of Simoncelli. The Italian passed the Repsol Honda rider on lap 17 but then a controversial incident occurred between the two when Pedrosa attempted to reclaim his second position and the two touched, sending Pedrosa crashing out.

It was later confirmed that Pedrosa had broken his right collarbone, whilst Race Direction declared during the course of the race that Simoncelli had made an illegal manoeuvre, and served him with a ride through penalty. The 24 year-old eventually finished in fifth position and lost his opportunity of scoring his first ever podium in MotoGP.

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing), making his 150th Grand Prix start and becoming the youngest rider ever to do so, had a bad start to his preparations on Sunday after a crash in warm up which wrecked his bike and left the Spaniard with an injured finger. After barging through on Dovizioso early on in the race for a top four place, the 2010 MotoGP World Champion slipped down the order after being re-passed by the Repsol Honda rider and by his fierce rivals, Simoncelli and Rossi, but eventually placed fourth.

Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) equalled his best result of 2011 with sixth place, the American lost out to Simoncelli after the Italian got the better of him despite his ride through penalty. Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) was seventh, ahead of Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini) who had a lonely race in eighth.

Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar) won the race-long battle to finish in ninth. The Spaniard had been involved in a very exciting tussle with Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) who finished tenth, Toni Elías (LCR Honda), 11th and Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) 12th. After a difficult start to the season upon his return to MotoGP, Elías was showing signs of the ability which took him to the 2010 Moto2 World Championship and was up to 11th place in a five-rider battle in the early part of the race, but had a massive moment and was lucky to keep hold of his Honda as he dropped to the back of the group. The 28 year-old did manage to pick his way through a number of the riders after a difficult four rounds of the season.

Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) who had qualified an impressive sixth on his first visit to the Le Mans circuit, suffered a lowside when in ninth place on lap five and had to return his machine back to the pits for his first non finish in his rookie campaign. It was not a good day for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 in their home race in France after Colin Edwards also crashed mid way through the race but managed to get back out to pick up three points in 13th place.

It was not a happy day for the French fans who had hoped to see Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing) pick up his best result of the season. The French rider crashed into the gravel on lap two and walked back to the pits dejectedly. Loris Capirossi (Pramac Racing) suffered a similar fate as he crashed out towards the end of the race.


Moto2

In his 50th Grand Prix start, Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) celebrated his first victory in the Moto2 category in his rookie season. The Spaniard grabbed victory after a fierce battle throughout the race, having started from sixth on the grid. Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) held off Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) for second place after a titanic tussle on the final lap.

The Spaniard took the first Suter victory of the season as three different motorcycles finished inside the top three, with Takahashi on the Moriwaki and Bradl on the Kalex. Márquez, who had failed to finish the first two races of the year and had zero points to his name prior to Round 4, fought through a gaggle of riders to take the leading spot from Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) in the final laps. As drops of rain began to fall in the final six laps the reigning 125cc World Champion quickly pulled an advantage and crossed the line just under two seconds ahead of Takahashi to secure his 11th win in Grand Prix racing.

Gresini Racing's Takahashi claimed his first back to back rostrum finishes in his career with second place, after he had snuck past Bradl towards the end of the race and then began his dice with the eventual race winner. Championship leader and pole sitter Bradl had led from the start of the race but after Lüthi had overtaken him on lap 15, Takahashi then sent the German rider wide which allowed Márquez through into a rostrum position. The Kalex rider maintains his lead at the top of the Championship standings, with a 28-point gap over his nearest rival, Julián Simón.

Simón (Mapfre Aspar) demoted Lüthi to fifth position on the final lap. The Swiss rider, who has still yet to achieve his first victory in the Moto2 class, was unable to pull away at the front when he was originally leading and was caught and passed. Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) achieved his best result of the season with sixth place. The Spaniard had been part of the leading group for the first half of the race but faded as the race went on.

Seventh went to Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) who was involved in a fight with Bradley Smith (Tech 3) who finished eighth. The British rider made up many positions at the start to claim more points in his rookie Moto2 season. Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP) continued his good form from Estoril with ninth place, ahead of Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) in tenth.

Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) who was second in the Championship going into this race, crashed out on lap one, the Italian rider was unhurt. Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing) retired in the early stages with a clutch problem.


125

Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) claimed his first ever victory in the 125cc class in just his fourth race by beating Nicolás Terol (Bankia Aspar) on the final lap at in a thrilling race long battle. Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) was third.

Under ominous black clouds and in very cool conditions, the race was run without the predicted rain. Rookie Viñales who achieved his best qualifying result of his rookie campaign with third place on the front row, pressurised the championship leader from the start and was the only rider able to match his pace throughout the race.

The 16 year old had finished fourth in Portugal, passed Terol who appeared to let the youngster through mid way through the race. Mind games between the front two were deployed as Viñales then returned the favour to allow the Spaniard back through. A difference of 96 race starts separated the dice at the front, with the teenager only competing in his fourth race, compared to Terol making his 100th race start. The leading duo pulled a large advantage of six seconds over the next group of Vázquez and co. The 22 year old regained control of the lead of the race with four laps to go but Viñales had other ideas on the final lap of the race when he was able to get the better of the pole sitter and cross the line just five hundredths of a second in front of the Bankia Aspar rider.

After collecting 20 points, Terol still has a massive lead in the championship standings, with a 35 point advantage over Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany). Vázquez, fourth in Qatar and with two podiums to his name in the 125cc class, took the final spot on the rostrum and his first podium of the season after he had been involved in a six rider fight for the podium. Vázquez made it an all Spanish rostrum and the top four places at this race in Le Mans were all Spanish, with Terol's Bankia Aspar team mate finishing in fourth position which was his best result of the year after several crashes in the previous races.

Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) flying the flag for his home fans, made a disastrous start which dropped him down the order, but the Frenchman climbed his way back up the order and narrowly missed out on achieving his third successive rostrum. Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) who has had two rostrums in his 125cc career was sixth after being involved in the group of riders contending for third place. After a decent start Cortese, the German rider had to settle for seventh place, but remains in second in the championship. Team mate to rookie victor Viñales, Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) finished in eighth.

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) finished ninth after starting outside of the top ten and it was Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) who secured the final place in the top ten. Alexis Masbou (WTR-Ten10 Racing) who was replacing Sarath Kumar (WTR-Ten10 Racing) who is racing in the Spanish championship this weekend, produced a noteable performance by finishing 15th and scoring the last point on offer.




More, from a press release issued by Yamaha MotoGP Team:

Lorenzo Extends Championship Lead in Le Mans

The Grand Prix of France at Le Mans was today witness to yet another incident packed race played out in front of the packed grandstands. World Champion Jorge Lorenzo suffered a low side in the morning warm up, sustaining a minor injury to his finger but was otherwise unhurt

Lorenzo held his grid position off the line as the race got underway, battling up to fourth with 14 laps to go and taking Dovizioso on the second corner for the position. Having managed to close the gap to the second and third riders, a mistake caused him to run wide and lose ground, eventually crossing the line still in fourth. With previous closest championship rival Dani Pedrosa crashing out of the race, the results mean Lorenzo has now extended his lead in the Championship to 78, 12 points clear of second place.

Ben Spies leaves France happy to have put the misfortunes of the previous two rounds behind him. The Texan also kept grid position off the line but made two small mistakes in the first laps, losing time to those in front. Consistent race pace saw him close down on Colin Edwards in fifth until an unfortunate crash by the fellow Texan caused Spies to run wide to avoid collision. He recovered and managed to fight off Nicky Hayden to eventually take sixth. The result doubles his point score to 20, placing him in 12th position, only 2 points from Marco Simoncelli in eighth.

Jorge Lorenzo
Position : 4th Time: +21.075

"I think the race has been good in general for us and the results and points are good for the Championship. Obviously I would like to fight with Casey and the other best riders for victory but at this moment it's really hard. What I can do is try to finish with the best result possible, take the maximum from our bike as it is now and wait for future improvements."


Ben Spies
Position : 6th Time: 31.609

"It was a pretty exciting race. I made two mistakes on the first two laps and lost touch with Colin and Valentino. I tried to ride as hard as I could and was reeling in Colin until unfortunately he crashed; his bike slid across the track so I had to avoid it which allowed Nicky to get up to the back of me. We diced around a bit then I was able to get around him and go on my way. We got a sixth place result which is good for the points."


Wilco Zeelenberg
Team Manager

"It's been a very tough race here in France but the final result is not so bad. I'm not talking about the fourth position but the fact we are now leading the Championship by 12 points. I think it's very important to look ahead, we've got a lot to discuss after this weekend and will be looking for big improvements moving forward."


Massimo Meregalli
Team Director

"A really strange weekend for the Team here at Le Mans; the race had a lot of incidents. For us it was a really important result, we got a lot of points and Jorge is still leading the Championship. Ben got a positive result and took some valuable points as well. Now we have to work to be ready for the Catalunya Grand Prix in three weeks time."




More, from a press release issued by Marlboro Ducati:

DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM ON THE PODIUM WITH ROSSI, HAYDEN SEVENTH

The French Grand Prix saw Valentino Rossi score his first podium finish aboard a Ducati, following a race that was marked by excitement and surprises. Nicky Hayden started from the fourth row, but advanced to seventh place by the finish.

The Italian celebrated his third-place finish after a weekend of hard work and constant improvement, during which he and his crew progressively improved the bike's setup until finding a good compromise for the race. Sixth at the end of the first lap, Rossi stayed just a few tenths from Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso, who fought over fourth place until an incident between Pedrosa and Simoncelli with ten laps remaining. At that point, the trio began battling over second place, and in the end, Valentino finished third, behind Dovizioso and winner Casey Stoner.

Nicky Hayden fought over sixth place with Ben Spies, and although he had to concede the position to his compatriot in the end, he was pleased with the progress made over the course of the weekend.

In two days, on May 17, Valentino Rossi will be in action at Silverstone Circuit aboard a Ducati 1198, as the English track inaugurates a new paddock wing.

Valentino Rossi (Ducati Marlboro Team) 3rd
"We're very pleased with this podium because we're on the right path, and especially because I had fun today. I rode the Desmosedici well, I was fast in the technical parts of the track, I felt good from start to finish and I had good lap times. This morning we made a last change to the setting together with Jeremy and the guys from Ducati, and it helped cut another couple of tenths. I knew I could beat Lorenzo, so that was my goal. I also passed Dovi at one point, but I got a little confused and made a move on the penultimate lap instead of the last one. I lost my concentration momentarily, but in short, he got me again. Anyway, it's fine like this; I'm happy for myself, for my team, for Filippo (Preziosi), and for all the boys at Ducati. This result boosts our morale. We still have to keep working and improving though, because there's more to be done. I also have to improve and keep adapting my style to the Ducati, because I'm still not riding it as I should, but in the meanwhile, we'll enjoy today's nice race and podium."

Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro Team) 7th
"We didn't do ourselves any favors by starting 10th, but actually, we made a little step forward with the bike today. I got a decent start but was just really tight and lost some time. As the race got going, I was able to move up a bit and slowly bring back Spies and Colin. Colin crashed, but once I got in front of Ben, I wasn't really able to get down in the 34s and get away like I needed to. Seventh isn't a great result for us, but I would say that overall, it's probably been our best weekend yet. When the track was cold, I was able to go quite fast"”always in the top five in those conditions. I hoped for better in the race, but I'm looking forward to the next stretch; we're about to really get into the season."

Vittoriano Guareschi (Team Manager)
"We're satisfied with this weekend because we've already benefited from the first changes that we've made according to Vale's requests. We had a nice race, maintained a good pace and took part in a nice battle. The team worked very well on the setup, which we changed every session and took a step forward each time"”including one in the morning warm-up. We still have work to do, because this is only the start; there's still a gap to make up, but anyway, we're going in a promising direction. Nicky also confirmed that his feeling with the motorcycle has improved, and he made good progress on the bike over the course of the weekend."




More, from a press release issued by Honda:

2011 FIM ROAD RACING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND PRIX
ROUND 04 MAY 13/14/15 LE MANS, FRANCE

Weather: cool, dry
Temperature: ambient 17C/track 29C
Weekend attendance: 176,200


STONER AND DOVIZIOSO SCORE HONDA ONE-TWO AT LE MANS

Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC212V) scored his
second MotoGP victory on a Honda in today's
French Grand Prix to move into second place in
the World Championship point standings. Team-mate
Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda RC212V) scored a
fine second-place finish to secure a brilliant one-two for Repsol Honda.

But what could have been a perfect day for the
team was spoiled by a mid-race incident, which
saw the luckless Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda
RC212V) crash and break a collarbone after
tangling with Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda
Gresini RC212V). Simoncelli was subsequently
punished with a ride-through penalty that demoted
him from second place to fifth.

Stoner dominated this weekend just as he ruled
the season-opening Qatar GP in March, topping
free practice, qualifying and the race. And yet
the race wasn't without its moments for the
Australian who overheated his clutch on the grid
and therefore didn't make his usual fast getaway.
Nevertheless Stoner didn't lose his cool and had
muscled his way back into second by the end of
the first lap, right behind Pedrosa. The
following lap he moved into the lead and the two
Honda riders quickly pulled clear of the pack,
once again demonstrating the remarkable performance of the 2011 RC212V.

Stoner, however, couldn't make the break.
Whenever he upped his pace, his team-mate
responded with impressive speed, establishing a
new lap record on lap nine. Just before
half-distance Stoner did finally open a small
gap, leaving Pedrosa to deal with the advancing Simoncelli.

Simoncelli passed Pedrosa at Garage Vert on lap
18, ran wide, putting the pair side by side as
they sped towards the Chemin aux Boeuf left/right
chicane. The Italian was later on the brakes and
rode round the outside into the left-hander,
leaving his Spanish rival with nowhere to go,
which caused the pair to collide. Simoncelli
stayed on, Pedrosa fell, fracturing his right
collarbone, another unlucky blow for the former 250 and 125 World Champion.

The controversial collision left Simoncelli clear
in second place, but Race Direction decided to
impose a ride-through penalty, which he took with
four laps remaining. The punishment dropped the
former 250 World Champion to seventh, but during
the final few laps he fought back to fifth, ten
seconds behind reigning MotoGP World Champion and
current points leader Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) who
finished off the podium for the first time this year.

With Simoncelli knocked down the order, the duel
for second was fought out between Dovizioso and
Valentino Rossi (Ducati), all the way to the
finish. Earlier in the race Dovizioso had
survived a scare when Lorenzo ran into him at
turn two, but he came back strongly to get the
better of Lorenzo. Later in the race Rossi got
past his fellow Italian, but Dovizioso had a plan
for the final lap and used some superb
late-braking moves to keep Rossi behind him. The
result gave a delighted Dovizioso his first podium appearance of the year.

Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V)
spent much of the race alone, lapping at a
consistent pace that put him eighth at the end of the 28 laps.

Toni Elias (LCR Honda MotoGP RC212V) had a very
different race, battling back and forth with
Hector Barbera (Ducati), Karel Abrahams (Ducati),
Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) and Loris Capirossi
(Ducati). On lap 15 Elias was leading the group
when he had a big moment, which lost him crucial
positions. He took the chequered flag in 11th
place, in the wheel tracks of Barbera and Abrahams.

There were five crashes: Pedrosa, Capirossi,
Colin Edwards (Yamaha), Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) and Randy de Puniet (Ducati).

Reigning 125 World Champion Marc Marquez (Team
Catalunya Caixa Repsol-Suter) won his first Moto2
success in stunning style at Le Mans. The teenage
rookie came from behind to win the enthralling
race by an impressive 1.9s. Amazingly, this was
his also Marquez's first Moto2 points score,
after he had tumbled out of his first three races in the Honda-powered series.

Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing Moto2-Moriwaki)
and Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing-Kalex)
completed the podium, with Thomas Luthi
(Interwetten Paddock Moto2-Suter) and Julian
Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2-Suter) finishing a close fourth and fifth.

Marquez, who had qualified sixth fastest,
completed the first lap in ninth place, caught
the lead group before half-distance, cleverly
worked his way through into the lead and then
broke away, leaving those four men to dispute
second place. The Spaniard was strongest through
Le Mans' daunting high-speed first turn, where he
briefly seized the advantage on several
occasions, finally making the move stick with
five laps to go. During his winning ride Marquez
also broke the Moto2 lap record by 0.6s.

Takahashi saved his best for last to score his
second consecutive podium result. Although he
couldn't go with Marquez, the Japanese fought
with Bradl to the very end, crossing the line
just metres ahead of the German, Simon and Luthi.
Just six tenths of a second covered the foursome at the finish line.

Bradl led the first 15 laps until he ran into
side grip issues, which took him from first place
to fourth in the space of just one lap. During
the final few laps he rallied strongly to get the
better of Luthi, who also succumbed to Simon on the final lap.

Bradl's third-place finish stretches his World
Championship lead to 28 points over Simon who
moves into second, taking over from Andrea
Iannone (Speed Master-Suter) who slid out of the
race at the Chemin aux Boeuf chicane on the first lap.

Aleix Espargaro (Pons HP40-Pons Kalex) was with
the lead group earlier in the race but slipped
back to a lonely, but satisfying sixth-place
finish, his best result since joining Moto2 for
the 2011 season. Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing
Project-FTR) had a lonely ride to seventh place
until he was almost caught in the final stages by
a train of riders led by Dominique Aegerter
(Technomag-CIP-Suter). Bradley Smith (Tech 3
Racing-Tech 3) finished 1.6 seconds behind
Aegerter and just ahead of Alex De Angelis (JIR Moto2-Motobi).

Local star Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing-Suter)
was the top Frenchman in 11th, just ahead of
Randy Krummenacher (GP Team Switzerland Kiefer
Racing-Kalex) and Pol Espargaro (HP Tuenti Speed
Up-FTR). Mike Di Meglio (Tech 3 Racing-Tech 3)
also featured well in that group until he slid off with two laps to go.

The MotoGP circus now enjoys two weekends off
before commencing a busy period with four races
over five weekends, commencing with the Catalan
Grand Prix outside Barcelona on June 5.


MotoGP rider quotes

Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda: race winner
"The whole weekend has gone so well for us,
arriving here from the Portugal test with the
bike almost the same and we have improved small
things here and there and only needed to adjust
the set-up for this circuit. We went into the
race confident. At the beginning of the race Dani
was very fast and he was difficult to pass as he
as being cautious. When I overtook him I thought
I might be able to take some advantage, but he
was able to match my times and follow me for some
laps, so I continued to push more than I prefer
and eventually I put a gap between us. From this
point the race came to me and I was able to focus
on my consistency and win. A big thanks to the
team and everyone for all their hard work, but my
thoughts are with Dani at this moment. I hope he
can recover soon as he is a very strong contender for this championship."

Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda: 2nd
"I'm really happy with the second position today,
it's so important for the championship and it
arrives after a start of the season where we
didn't get the results we expected. We did a very
good job with the team since the beginning of the
weekend and I knew I could fight for the podium,
but I didn't expect second place. I had a great
battle with Valentino and to beat him always has
a special taste, and it's good fun to get the
podium after a hard fight. I was losing a lot in
two areas, but I was strong in braking, so I made
a good strategy and once I overtook him, I pushed
100 percent not to have him too close especially
in turns 10 and 11, where he was faster.
Concerning the race, I had a good start,
Lorenzo's strong overtaking slowed me down a
little, but then I pushed to recover the gap. We
had good pace, but we need to be faster. We have
to keep on working to reduce the gap to stay with
the front riders. Dani today was very unlucky and I hope he can recover soon."

Marco Simoncelli, San Carlo Honda Gresini: 5th
"I am unhappy because a result that was within my
reach was denied and, above all, because of the
fact that Pedrosa is hurt. In my opinion the
incident went like this: Pedrosa was having a bit
of difficulty I had pulled alongside him and
passed him. When he passed me back I was not
intentionally trying to resist, and my telemetry
shows that I got on the brakes at the same point
as on previous laps. I think that he had hit the
brakes well before the corner, and I found myself
on the outside of him and in front on the entry
to the corner. I didn't want to back off, so I
left him with a metre between myself and the kerb
in order to go in. I saw that it was tight, so I
tried to adjust my position. That was when he
touched my back wheel and went down. I repeat
that I am unhappy about it, and I want to avoid
any controversy regarding penalisation, but I
believe that my ride-through was a result of all
the talk over the past few days. Now I have to focus on Barcelona."

Hiroshi Aoyama, San Carlo Honda Gresini: 8th
"I am fairly satisfied, because I was feeling
good on the bike. Despite this, the lap times
were slightly slower than we were expecting. I
have taken more points in the standings, and I am confident about Barcelona."

Toni Elias, LCR Honda MotoGP: 11th
"We have been afraid about the warm-up of the
tyres because the track temperature was colder
compared to practice, but at the end it was not
so bad. Our rear traction problem is not solved
yet but now I can see progressive improvements
and I want to thank the team for their good work.
When I was leading the small group in the back I
thought that I could catch Aoyama, but suddenly I
suffered a 'bike shaking' and I banged my feet on
the fairing. My leather security airbag activated
and I could not ride properly for a couple of
laps until it went down. After that I pushed to
catch the group again but could not finish in the
top ten. Anyway it has been a positive week end
and I hope to see further improvements at my home GP at Catalunya."

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: DNF
"I was having a good race. The goal was to ensure
another podium and I had it in my grasp. But it
counts for nothing. Simoncelli overtook me, I
passed him back and I had the better line, he
just came into me releasing the brakes and I
could do nothing. I leave here with a broken
collarbone and he with a ride-through penalty,
good for him! Yet again I come out worse off. We
only just recovered from the nightmare of the
last operation and now I'm hurt again. It is very unfair, I don't deserve it."


Moto2 rider quotes

Marc Marquez, Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol-Suter: winner
"I'm very happy. My start wasn't so good we
need to improve that but I kept my
concentration and step by step I caught the front
riders. I have to say thanks to my team we
worked a lot on tyres and race set-up, and in the
end the bike was very good. I enjoyed the race
and now I want to enjoy this moment. After the
first three races, it was difficult for me to
have the same confidence as, say, Stefan. But the
team has helped me a lot they are always there
for me. During the first few laps the feeling
wasn't so good it was a little scary on cold
tyres. Now we wait for Montmelo [Catalunya]."

Yuki Takahashi, Gresini Racing Moto2-Moriwaki: 2nd
"It was a very exciting race. I got a good start
and stayed in the top group. I wanted to push
forward but everybody was so fast. It was a big
fight between us four guys and there was a bit of
touching. Thanks so much to my team. Two
second-place results in the last two races is
great for the team and makes me very confident
for the next races and for the championship. Now
I go to Barcelona where I won the race last
year with a very high motivation."

Stefan Bradl, Viessmann Kiefer Racing-Kalex: 3rd
"I was trying my maximum. Marquez and Takahashi
used different tyres to me. At the beginning I
had a good rhythm so I could push hard and make a
small gap, but during the second half of the race
I struggled with edge grip. I was losing out to
the other guys on the exits, so I had to push
very hard at the corner entries. I pushed to the
maximum and this podium result is very important for the championship."



RESULTS

MOTOGP
RACE: (28 laps = 117.18 Km)
POS / RIDER / NAT. / TEAM / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / KM/H / GAP
1 / Casey STONER / AUS / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 44'03.955 / 159.551 /
2 / Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Repsol Honda Team /
HONDA / 44'18.169 / 158.698 / 14.214
3 / Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 44'18.519 / 158.677 / 14.564
4 / Jorge LORENZO / SPA / Yamaha Factory Racing /
YAMAHA / 44'25.030 / 158.29 / 21.075
5 / Marco SIMONCELLI / ITA / San Carlo Honda
Gresini / HONDA / 44'35.200 / 157.688 / 31.245
6 / Ben SPIES / USA / Yamaha Factory Racing /
YAMAHA / 44'35.564 / 157.666 / 31.609
7 / Nicky HAYDEN / USA / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 44'39.521 / 157.434 / 35.566
8 / Hiroshi AOYAMA / JPN / San Carlo Honda
Gresini / HONDA / 44'55.457 / 156.503 / 51.502
9 / Hector BARBERA / SPA / Mapfre Aspar Team
MotoGP / DUCATI / 45'07.686 / 155.796 / 1'03.731
10 / Karel ABRAHAM / CZE / Cardion AB Motoracing
/ DUCATI / 45'07.840 / 155.787 / 1'03.885
11 / Toni ELIAS / SPA / LCR Honda MotoGP / HONDA
/ 45'08.023 / 155.777 / 1'04.068
12 / Alvaro BAUTISTA / SPA / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
/ SUZUKI / 45'08.147 / 155.769 / 1'04.192
13 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / Monster Yamaha Tech 3
/ YAMAHA / 45'03.007 / 144.918 / 2 laps

Pole Position: Casey STONER 1'33.153 161.733 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record) : Dani PEDROSA 1'33.617 160.932 Km/h Lap 9
Old Circuit Record Lap: Valentino ROSSI 1'34.215 159.910 Km/h 2008
Circuit Best Lap: Dani PEDROSA 1'32.647 162.617 Km/h 2008

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS TO DATE:
1 LORENZO 78, 2 STONER 66, 3 PEDROSA 61, 4
DOVIZIOSO 50, 5 ROSSI 47, 6 HAYDEN 39,
7 AOYAMA 36, 8 SIMONCELLI 22, 9 EDWARDS 21, 10 BARBERA 21, 11 CRUTCHLOW 21,
12 SPIES 20, 13 ABRAHAM 18, 14 ELIAS 17, 15 CAPIROSSI 9.


MOTO2
RACE: (26 laps = 108.81 Km)
POS / RIDER / NAT. / TEAM / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / KM/H / GAP
1 / Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Team CatalunyaCaixa
Repsol / SUTER / 43'03.308 / 151.633 /
2 / Yuki TAKAHASHI / JPN / Gresini Racing Moto2 /
MORIWAKI / 43'05.290 / 151.517 / 1.982
3 / Stefan BRADL / GER / Viessmann Kiefer Racing
/ KALEX / 43'05.545 / 151.502 / 2.237
4 / Julian SIMON / SPA / Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
/ SUTER / 43'05.657 / 151.495 / 2.349
5 / Thomas LUTHI / SWI / Interwetten Paddock
Moto2 / SUTER / 43'05.917 / 151.48 / 2.609
6 / Aleix ESPARGARO / SPA / Pons HP 40 / PONS
KALEX / 43'15.603 / 150.915 / 12.295
7 / Simone CORSI / ITA / Ioda Racing Project /
FTR / 43'22.047 / 150.541 / 18.739
8 / Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Technomag-CIP /
SUTER / 43'22.226 / 150.531 / 18.918
9 / Bradley SMITH / GBR / Tech 3 Racing / TECH 3 / 43'23.716 / 150.444 / 20.408
10 / Alex DE ANGELIS / RSM / JIR Moto2 / MOTOBI / 43'23.874 / 150.435 / 20.566
11 / Jules CLUZEL / FRA / NGM Forward Racing /
SUTER / 43'26.533 / 150.282 / 23.225
12 / Randy KRUMMENACHE / SWI / GP Team
Switzerland Kiefer / KALEX / 43'26.667 / 150.274 / 23.359
13 / Pol ESPARGARO / SPA / HP Tuenti Speed Up /
FTR / 43'26.984 / 150.256 / 23.676
14 / Michele PIRRO / ITA / Gresini Racing Moto2 /
MORIWAKI / 43'28.064 / 150.194 / 24.756
15 / Max NEUKIRCHNER / GER / MZ Racing Team /
MZ-RE HONDA / 43'28.371 / 150.176 / 25.063

Pole Position: Stefan BRADL 1'38.357 153.176 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record) : Marc MARQUEZ 1'38.533 152.903 Km/h Lap 7
Old Circuit Record Lap: Jules CLUZEL 1'39.169 151.922 Km/h 2010
Circuit Best Lap: Stefan BRADL 1'38.357 153.176 Km/h 2011

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS TO DATE:
1 BRADL 77, 2 SIMON 49, 3 IANNONE 48, 4 TAKAHASHI 47, 5 LUTHI 47, 6 CORSI 46,
7 DE ANGELIS 32, 8 SMITH 27, 9 MARQUEZ 25, 10 AEGERTER 24, 11 PIRRO 17,
12 ESPARGARO 15, 13 CLUZEL 14, 14 ESPARGARO 13, 15 KRUMMENACHER 13.


125cc:
RACE: (24 laps = 100.44 Km)
POS / RIDER / NAT. / TEAM / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / KM/H / GAP
1 / Maverick VIÑALES / SPA / Blusens by Paris
Hilton Racing / APRILIA / 42'00.505 / 143.456 /
2 / Nicolas TEROL / SPA / Bankia Aspar Team 125cc
/ APRILIA / 42'00.553 / 143.454 / 0.048
3 / Efren VAZQUEZ / SPA / Avant-AirAsia-Ajo /
DERBI / 42'07.341 / 143.068 / 6.836
4 / Hector FAUBEL / SPA / Bankia Aspar Team 125cc
/ APRILIA / 42'08.803 / 142.986 / 8.298
5 / Johann ZARCO / FRA / Avant-AirAsia-Ajo / DERBI / 42'09.095 / 142.969 / 8.59
6 / Jonas FOLGER / GER / Red Bull Ajo MotorSport
/ APRILIA / 42'10.741 / 142.876 / 10.236
7 / Sandro CORTESE / GER / Intact-Racing Team
Germany / APRILIA / 42'11.172 / 142.852 / 10.667
8 / Sergio GADEA / SPA / Blusens by Paris Hilton
Racing / APRILIA / 42'16.147 / 142.572 / 15.642
9 / Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / Andalucia Banca
Civica / APRILIA / 42'23.343 / 142.168 / 22.838
10 / Luis SALOM / SPA / RW Racing GP / APRILIA / 42'31.406 / 141.719 / 30.901
11 / Alberto MONCAYO / SPA / Andalucia Banca
Civica / APRILIA / 42'34.301 / 141.558 / 33.796
12 / Simone GROTZKYJ / ITA / Phonica Racing /
APRILIA / 42'34.918 / 141.524 / 34.413
13 / Louis ROSSI / FRA / Matteoni Racing /
APRILIA / 42'35.201 / 141.509 / 34.696
14 / Adrian MARTIN / SPA / Bankia Aspar Team
125cc / APRILIA / 42'41.741 / 141.147 / 41.236
15 / Alexis MASBOU / FRA / WTR-Ten10 Racing /
APRILIA / 42'57.448 / 140.287 / 56.943

Pole Position: Nicolas TEROL 1'43.578 145.455 Km/h
Fastest Lap: Nicolas TEROL 1'44.083 144.749 Km/h Lap 9
Circuit Record Lap: Marc MARQUEZ 1'43.787 145.162 Km/h 2010
Circuit Best Lap: Sergio GADEA 1'43.515 145.544 Km/h 2008

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS TO DATE:
1 TEROL 95, 2 CORTESE 59, 3 ZARCO 53, 4 FOLGER 52, 5 VAZQUEZ 46, 6 VIÑALES 45,
7 GADEA 28, 8 FAUBEL 23, 9 OLIVEIRA 22, 10 SALOM
22, 11 KENT 17, 12 MONCAYO 14,
13 MARTIN 13, 14 KORNFEIL 12, 15 GROTZKYJ 12.



NEXT EVENT: ROUND 05 SUNDAY JUNE 5 CATALYUNYA