Review of Round 5 of the MotoGP in Le Mans, France

By: Colin MotorCycle Direct Posted: May 23rd, 2016

A wild weekend took place as the MotoGP headed to France. Lorenzo had a victory in a messy race with multiple incidents, to take the lead in the championship. Rossi had a difficult job but managed to grab 2nd place with Vinales heading onto the podium for his first high placing in premier class.

There was a lot of action taking place with crashes from Marquez and Dovizioso leading Marquez to come in 13th. Along with Iannone having a slide out, Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith taking falls, there really was a lot going on in this race with action packed tension.

Iannone was strong in second place when he slid out of control trying to gain ground on Lorenzo who was firmly in the lead. This fall could affect his chances of getting a new contract with the Italian team. Lorenzo had a strong performance throughout the whole race as he gained his first ever pole position at Le Mans, enabling him to very much have lead of the whole race from the start. Rossi qualified 7th meaning he had a battle with Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith on the opening lap to get ahead.

As the race progressed Lorenzo continued to stretch his lead over Dovizioso and Iannone but Rossi was finding his pace and working on bridging the gap ahead of him. Iannone took an impulsive overtake of Dovizioso and got ahead. With a clear track ahead of him now Iannone attempted to chase down Lorenzo. He was 1 second behind him when 'the Maniac' Iannone went down on turn 8 leaving Dovizioso in a good 2nd place. Iannone did manage to re-join the race but he eventually had to retire to the pits. Lorenzo was comfortably sailing at the front with a lead of 2.2 seconds over Dovizioso, with Marquez keeping his place ahead of Rossi. However Rossi decided to up his game and closed down snatching 3rd place with 16 laps to go. Much to his fans delight, he then passed Dovizioso on turn 7, 2 laps later, now flying in second place.

With only 13 laps remaining Dovizioso and Marquez went down in identical fashion both sliding out on turn 7, the museum, as they battled intensely for the 3rd place spot. Marquez managed to regain his ride and eventually finished the race in 13th place, scraping just a few points to go on with. By this stage Lorenzo had a lead over Rossi of over 6 seconds and Rossi led Vinales by a safe 5 seconds, who had now jumped up to 3rd place. Pedrosa who was in 11th place on lap 1 had now miraculously gained 4th position but was too far back to have time to fight for 3rd. Lorenzo remained cool and content to take victory taking him to the top of the leader board in the championship.

Overall, a very dramatic race with happy and sad stories. Riders can now prepare for the 20th-22nd May when the MotoGP heads to Mugello in Italy. This can be a chance for some riders to redeem themselves and others to triumph further in their previous success.

Race placings


1) Jorge Lorenzo - Yamaha - SPA
2) Valentino Rossi - Yamaha - ITA
3) Maverick Vinales - Suzuki - SPA
4) Dani Pedrosa - Respol Honda - SPA
5) Pol Espargaro - Tech 3 - SPA
6) Aleix Espargaro - Suzuki - SPA