Motorsport Wrap for Monday 21 May 2012


The 2012 MotoGP championship has taken another twist with Jorge Lorenzo back on top of the standings after a commanding performance at the French race at Le Mans.

With a wet track and very cool temperatures for the race, all riders chose Bridgestone's soft wet compound for their bikes to ensure maximum warm-up performance and initial grip.

Lorenzo started brilliantly from fourth on the grid to seize the race lead in the opening lap. Despite the slippery conditions, the Yamaha rider then concentrated on building his lead and eventually crossed the finish line more than ten seconds ahead of Ducati's Valentino Rossi and Australia's Casey Stoner.

"Today was a very hard race and the conditions were difficult, especially at the beginning of the race," Lorenzo said.

"I had to work really hard to keep my concentration. I am very happy to take this victory and I want to thank my team and my fans for all their support." 

The rain eased off during the race reducing the amount of standing water on track, though the Bridgestone tyres suffered very little degradation with the majority of riders setting their personal best times in the latter stages of the race.

"Today's wet and very cool conditions made this morning's warm-up session very important for teams to find a good setup for the race," said Masao Azuma - Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department.

"For this race weekend, all our 2012 specification tyres performed very well at Le Mans and provided an effective option for riders in the variable weather conditions."

Bridgestone also took the opportunity to pay tribute to Casey Stoner who used the Le Mans event to announce that the 2012 MotoGP season would be his last.

"We've enjoyed a long and successful working relationship with Casey who brought us our first world championship," said Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all he has given to MotoGP and Bridgestone and I wish him all the best for the rest of the season and the next chapter in his life after racing."

Lorenzo's victory gives him an eight point advantage over Stoner, with Dani Pedrosa a further 17 points back in third position.