Motorsport Wrap for Monday 24th May 2010
 

LORENZO STRENGTHENS TITLE LEAD

Spain's Jorge Lorenzo has extended his lead in the MotoGP World Championship with victory in the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

Starting his Yamana from second on the grid, he overhauled teammate Valentino Rossi and passed him on lap 10 to take the first back-to-back win of his career and a nine-point lead in the title race.

"I made a good start and didn't lose too much time in the first two laps but it was difficult to pass Valentino. I was patient and just waited for my moment. If this happened a few years ago maybe I would have been more crazy, but maybe this is something I've changed. I have a very good feeling now and am much more confident this year," Lorenzo said.

"Today it was tricky to find the limit between being fast without doing too much but my bike and Bridgestone tyres just felt so good and it wasn't difficult for me to keep this pace up."

Tohru Ubukata, Manager of Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development, said the company was pleased with the performance of its race tyres.

"The conditions all weekend have been very challenging, and the temperature during the race was at its highest but I am pleased with the durability and consistency of both slick tyre options," he said.


"The high temperature did not help lap times and overall race time but I am pleased that consistency was good."


It wasn't a good race for Australia's Casey Stoner, who was fastest in the morning warm-up but crashed his Ducati on the third lap while running in fourth.


CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

 1.Jorge Lorenzo (Sp)  Yamaha 70 points
 2.Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 61
 3.Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda 42
 4.Dani Pedrosa (Spain)  Honda 40