Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa mastered the tricky conditions that faced the MotoGP field at the historic Le Mans circuit in France this afternoon, taking his second successive victory of the season after one of the best MotoGP races of the year so far.
|Pedrosa leads Dovizioso at a wet Le Mans
Photo: Repsol Honda
After a somewhat tentative start in the wet conditions Pedrosa managed to drop in to third place by the first chicane behind Dovizioso and Lorenzo; after passing Lorenzo it was a see-saw battle between Pedrosa and Dovizioso as both made mistakes on the greasy track but it was on lap 14 that Pedrosa made the telling move and immediately set about opening a gap on the Italian, who had no answer to the wet-weather specialist.
Pedrosa took the win by 4.863s from Crutchlow and with it the lead in the title race from team mate Marquez, Pedrosa also matched Lorenzo and Wayne Rainey with victory number 24 in the premier class and with it became only the third rider ever to surpass 3000 career points after Loris Capirossi and Valentino Rossi to round off a very successful day.
At the same point last year Pedrosa trailed Lorenzo by 25 points whilst this year he leads the Mallorcan by 17 points and, with a run of form that’s seen Dani win eight of the last twelve Grand Prix, setting up a solid championship assault and giving all-important confidence ahead of the Italian MotoGP at the picturesque Mugello circuit in two weeks time.
A delighted Pedrosa said “I’m very happy, because I have earned an important victory. I’ve been trying to win at this circuit for many years in MotoGP and it has always been a tough track for me. Today, the moment finally arrived, when I least expected it, and it is immensely satisfying. Conditions here are usually against me, because it is cold and I don’t like riding in these temperatures, but today I got the best out of myself. The bike was also good, above all on the opening laps when the track was very wet. I made a few mistakes but I was able to recover from them, maintain the advantage and win the race. I’d like to thank all my team and also my supporters!”