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Le Mans~ Monster Energy Grand Prix de France Post Race Review

Any threat of precipitation managed to stay at bay as Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner produced another podium win for his team in a record-breaking attendance of over 88 thousand fans at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. The French circuit provided another venue for the Aussie to accomplish a 25th career win and a 2nd for this season, easing him into a comfortable 2nd in standings. The Repsol rider, who dominated the pre-race weekend, did not miss a beat as he predominantly controlled the lead through the 28 lap race. With eyes fixed on an unobstructed finish line, Stoner, making his own drama off the track, had no idea to the added drama that was going on off the back of his RC212V tail pipe!

Another Repsol rider to stand second on the podium was Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian compatriot to Stoner gave a very strong performance throughout the race and as a result, redeemed himself a first podium finish for 2011. Dovizioso did not claim his trophy easily, fighting it out in a back and forth battle in the last 3 laps with Marlboro Ducati’s Valentino Rossi, who happily took the final podium position. The jovial Italian was visibly pleased with his performance and the last-minute adjustment to a faster setting on his GP11, saying “It’s not like a victory, but similar.”

Factory Yamaha’s reining World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo put up a good effort despite his crash during the pre race warm-up, which left him with a minor injury to his finger. The Spaniard placed just off the podium with an unassuming 4th position. Lorenzo was consistent in this position for most of the race, but lost it temporarily when he made an error in a turn.

But the real drama that consumed the race action was in the 18th lap, between San Carlos Honda Grisini’s Marco Simoncelli and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa in the last half of the race. Pedrosa exhibited an aggressive start right off the front row of the grid and placed himself comfortably right in front of the pack in the first lap until his teammate, Casey Stoner took control for the remainder of the race. Pedrosa held second up to the halfway point until Marco Simoncelli ripped it from his grasp by illegally clipping his front end in a gutsy passing maneuver. 

Simoncelli’s smooth move cost him a ride through penalty, which he respectively took with his tail between his legs. The Italian premier rider’s hair is not the only thing running wild on the track, with his questionable late turn passing etiquette, imposing the question; is motorcycle racing becoming a contact sport?

Simoncelli’s bold move cost Pedrosa the race and as a result, another broken collarbone; this time, on his right shoulder, further adding to the growing list of injuries to Dani’s health archives.

American riders Yamaha’s Ben Spies and Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden went at it with 7 laps to go, vying for a 6th spot. Spies won out and placed his best result for the 2011 season.

Mapre Aspar’s Hector Barbera fought hard in the grueling long race and just squeezed into the top ten, in 9th place. The Spaniard did not give up easily sparing back and forth with Cardion AB Powersport’s Karel Abraham, topping off the top ten riders.

With a  difficult entry into the 2011 MotoGP season, former Moto2 and LCR Honda rider, Toni Elias added to his challenging career today with a 5 rider battle then “losing it” temporarily, pushing him back to the end of the line. With several laps to go, the Spaniard pulled it together and moved up three spots taking an 11th position.

Solo Rizla Suzuki rider Alvaro Bautista continues the healing process, coming in 12th for the day.

Colin Edwards, another proud American rider, had to take a disappointing 13th and last in results when the seasoned rider had “a moment” with his M1 in a chicane with 14 laps to go. The Texas Tornado regained his composure and retook to the track in an effort to collect his rightful 3 points.

Within the first 2 laps, San Carlo Honda Grisini’s Hiroshi Aoyama had an issue forcing him temporarily off the track. The Japanese rider managed to stay in the game placing 8th overall. Soon after, Pramac Racing’s Randy de Puniet downed his Ducati right in front of his homeland fans within the first lap, giving him an immediate DFN.

Another Pramac rider to see the tarmac in a horizontal position was veteran rider Loris Capirossi, accepting another DFN for the season. Monster Tech Yamaha’s rookie rider, Cal Crutchlow had a stroke of bad luck when he low sided 5 laps into the race. The British rider tried to rally his M1 back onto the track, but was unsuccessful; making his way back to the pits and dutifully accepted a DFN.

Le Mans, Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.6 44’03.955
2 20 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 158.7 +14.214
3 16 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 158.7 +14.564
4 13 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 158.3 +21.075
5 11 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 157.7 +31.245
6 10 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 157.7 +31.609
7 9 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 157.4 +35.566
8 8 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 156.5 +51.502
9 7 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 155.8 +1’03.731
10 6 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE CardionABMotoracing Ducati 155.8 +1’03.885
11 5 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 155.8 +1’04.068
12 4 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 155.8 +1’04.192
13 3 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 144.9 2 Laps
Not Classified
    65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 155.5 7 Laps
    26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.3 11 Laps
    35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 144.1 22 Laps
    14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 144.9 27 Laps


MotoGP World Standing 2011

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 78
2 Casey STONER Honda AUS 66
3 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 61
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 50
5 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 47
6 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 39
7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 36
8 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 22
9 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 21
10 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 21
11 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 21
12 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 20
13 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 18
14 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 17
15 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati ITA 9
16 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 7
17 Randy DE PUNIET Ducati FRA 6
18 John HOPKINS Suzuki USA 6


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May 15, 2011 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, girlracer, Hector Barbera, helmet, Jorge Lorenzo, Le Mans, Loris Capirossi, marco simoncelli, Moto2, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, Nicky Hayden, Randy De Puniet, toni elais, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

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