This season has proven to be interesting, even if it seemed like Stoner had each race in the bag. But this weekend at Lemans proved to be quite the change of pace, given that Pedrosa took pole position from the other Honda.
But the race itself was quite unpredictable, given that the order was even more mixed up from what qualification had specified. The Catalan leader dropped back, and the ultimate podium order was; Lorenzo, who had a magnificent race, Rossi, and then Stoner. Just like good ol' time when all threee were regularly competitive! But the highlight was the battle between second and 5th, as the tight group was constantly battling and switching positions. But when Dovizioso crashed from fifth, Stoner and Rossi duked it out until the Italian ultimately came out on top.
My only hope is that the Ducati's continue their upward stride so that the Japanese bikes have more challenging time.
French GP results:
1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 49m39.743s
2. Valentino Rossi Ducati + 9.905s
3. Casey Stoner Honda + 11.298s
4. Dani Pedrosa Honda + 29.361s
5. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda + 32.477s
6. Nicky Hayden Ducati + 32.842s
7. Andrea Dovizioso Tech 3 Yamaha + 59.759s
8. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha + 1m05.152s
9. Hector Barbera Pramac Ducati + 1m07.846s
10. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda + 1m13.193s
11. James Ellison Paul Bird Aprilia + 1m26.663s
12. Mattia Pasini Speed Master Aprilia + 1m27.633s
13. Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia + 1 lap
14. Michele Pirro Gresini FTR-Honda + 1 lap
15. Yonny Hernandez Avintia FTR-Kawasaki + 1 lap
16. Ben Spies Yamaha + 1 lap
17. Chris Vermeulen Forward Suter-BMW + 2 laps
18. Ivan Silva Avintia Inmotec-Kawasaki + 2 laps
Next up is Catalunya on 3 June...