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Pedrosa Wins France MotoGP And Tops Standings

posted 19 May 2013, 08:13 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 19 May 2013, 08:13 ]

Dani Pedrosa wins the French MotoGP from sixth on the grid and goes top of the standings, while Scott Redding of Britain takes a rain-shortened Moto2 and pole sitter Maverick Viñales is victorious in Moto3.

 LE MANSFRANCE (MAY 18, 2013) (DORNA SPORTS) -  Spain's Dani Pedrosa claimed top spot in the world championship MotoGP standings when he won his maiden French Grand Prix on a wet Le Mans course on Sunday (May 19).

The Honda rider took the lead midway through the race to beat Britain's Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) and Spanish rookie Marc Marquez (Honda), who were second and third respectively.

Pedrosa has 83 points after the fourth leg of the 18-race championship and leads Marquez by six points, while fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, a disappointing seventh on Sunday, is on 66 points.

Marquez, who started on pole as world championship leader, fell behind early in the race, but produced a skilful performance to end up on the podium.

Nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi of Italy skidded out on a curve 11 laps from the finish and finished 12th.

Pedrosa's time was 49 minutes 17.70 seconds, with Crutchlow 4.863 seconds behind him and Marquez 6.949.

Britain's Scott Redding secured his first ever Moto2 win in a rain-shortened race, leading home team mate Mika Kallio and Xavier Simeon; all three were riding Kalex machines.

Redding became the first British Moto winner at Le Mans since Alan Carter 30 years previously, even though at one point the 20-year-old dropped back to ninth.

Pol Espargaro and championship leader Esteve Rabat fell, but remounted, while pole starter Takaaki Nakagami crashed out later on the same Turn 7. Other championship hopefuls dropped out including Nicolas Terol.

Redding took the lead from Johann Zarco on the eighth lap, but heavy rain lead officials to end the race early and declare the results after lap 22.

The Briton's official time was 36 minutes 43.583 seconds, with Kallio securing his first podium finish1.09 behind and Belgium's Simeon 1.234 behind Redding, who leads the overall classification with 76 points; Rabat of Spain is second on 52 and Kallio and Dominique Aegerter of Switzerland joint third with 47.

Maverick Viñales won the Moto3 race starting from pole position, his second victory of the season.

Fellow Spaniards Alex Rins and Luis Salom followed him onto the podium, all three riding KTMs.

Germany's Jonas Folger took the early lead, but was passed by Vinales on the ninth lap and finished fourth.

Seven riders dropped out, including Miguel Oliveira who started in second place. The most spectacular crash came on the 21st lap when Zulfahmi Khairuddin in seventh flew across the path of Niklas Ajo.

Viñales finished in 42 minutes 5.448 seconds, with Rins and Salom both less than 1.5 seconds behind him.

In the overall standings, Vinales has 90 points to Salom's 77 and 61 for Rins.

Round Five of the MotoGP championship is in Italy in two weeks' time.

Leading results from MotoGP French Grand Prix:

Pos Pts No Rider Nat Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap

1 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 142.6 49'17.707

2 20 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 142.3 +4.863

3 16 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 142.2 +6.949

4 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 142.1 +10.087

5 11 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 141.7 +18.471

6 10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 141.4 +23.561


Pos Pts No Rider Nat Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap

1 25 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 150.4 36'43.583

2 20 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 150.3 +1.090

3 16 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq Kalex 150.3 +1.234

4 13 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag carXpert Suter 150.2 +1.701

5 11 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Came Iodaracing Project Suter 150.2 +1.859

6 10 54 Mattia PASINI ITA NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up 149.5 +12.272


Pos Pts No Rider Nat Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap

1 25 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team Calvo KTM 143.1 42'05.448

2 20 42 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM 143.1 +1.264

3 16 39 Luis SALOM SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 143.0 +1.387

4 13 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 142.3 +14.593

5 11 12 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM 141.0 +37.949

6 10 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 140.9 +40.295