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GP Week : Issue 183
Dani Pedrosa claimed the first repeat win of the season at a wet but fascinating French GP, moving him into the lead on points. Third- placed Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez produced another memorable ride – his first in the wet on a MotoGP prototype – to place second overall. But the factory Yamaha riders both slumped: Rossi falling off while fading from the rostrum; Jorge Lorenzo dropping to a doleful seventh with rear grip problems, his worst finish since 2008. The fourth round was a third straight win for Honda; but a heroic ride by Cal Crutchlow put a Yamaha between them. The Englishman had crashed heavily in the final free practice, bringing out red flags, and was racing with a fractured knee; forging through to second with a typically tigerish ride. Marquez’s progress was once again a highlight. Wheelspin on the line dropped him from his second pole of the year to ninth away; a near crash and a run-off at the chicane followed in the coming laps as he got to grips with the RC213V’s 250-plus horsepower and the (this time excellent) Bridgestone wets. Then on lap eight he set best lap so far as he embarked on a climb to third. The Ducatis also shone at a stop-start track that favours their good braking and acceleration, with few long fast corners. New boy Dovizioso got the jump off the start, and led not just the first four of 18 laps as Pedrosa hunted him down, but twice more again as the Spaniard came close to crashing twice. At the end he was fourth, team- mate Nicky Hayden a lone fifth, best this year; then Bautista, Lorenzo, Spies replacement Pirro, class rookie Smith and Stefan Bradl completing the top ten. Bradl had fallen and remounted, blaming a badly fogged visor. Peculiar conditions contributed to a slightly atypical race. But the strength of the Hondas’ performance at the last three circuits added a plangency to the Yamaha riders’ repeated insistence that the bike needs to improve. Fast and rhythmic Mugello offers opportunities for redress by Yamaha, where Lorenzo’s influence as well as company tradition have led to a bike relying on high corner speed and smooth momentum. MOTOGP >>> NEWS PEDROSA HITS HIS STRIDE IN FRANCE Can Mugello turn back the Honda tide? 14 GPWEEK.com // 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: